People with disabilities in New York frequently face difficulties landing a job. The rate of unemployment among people with disabilities reaches as high as 70 percent. Among those with jobs, their pay on average falls below their co-workers. Full-time workers with disabilities earn about $1,000 less every month than their able-bodied colleagues.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act is meant to protect workers in New York from workplace discrimination because of their age. Companies can employ tactics, however, that appear to result in age discrimination. Investigations of IBM by ProPublica and Mother Jones have revealed that approximately 60 percent of job cuts by the company involved people over age 40. This reflected the job losses of about 20,000 people during a five-year period.
Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act forbids most employers in New York from treating workers differently based on their gender, race or national origin. However, some companies still find ways to violate Title VII, and it's often difficult to file a lawsuit for discrimination. For instance, the time it takes to resolve such a case could mean delayed justice for a worker.
LGBTQ employees in New York may want to know more about the latest developments in federal circuit courts regarding cases involving workplace discrimination. Recent rulings and appeals have indicated that employers cannot discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In one ruling, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found in favor of a transgender employee who was terminated after she revealed to her employer that she was transitioning.
According to a Pew Research survey, 48 percent of women say they work for companies that have more women than men. Approximately 18 percent say that there are more men than women in their workplace, and that imbalance may lead to gender discrimination. Women who say that there are more men where they work report having trouble getting ahead at work or being treated fairly.
On Feb. 26, a New York federal appeals court ruled that federal law forbids employers from discriminating against workers based on their sexual orientation. It is the second federal court to hand down such a ruling.
New York City is home to a number of high-profile media companies, a number of which have come under scrutiny in recent months for their treatment of female employees. Vice Media, the alternative, youth-oriented media outlet known for its television programs and online content that focus on pop culture, drugs, sex and scandal, has now been sued by one female former employee, alleging that the corporation engages in systematic wage discrimination against women.
According to recent data, New Yorkers filed fewer claims with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2017 than in recent years. New York was in line with the nation as overall claims were down slightly from 2016. Overall, the EEOC recovered $398 million for claimants in the fiscal year 2017, which is $84 million less than in 2016. The EEOC is in charge of administering and enforcing federal civil rights laws against workplace discrimination.
New York workers may want to stay in the workforce for as long as possible. In fact, that may actually be beneficial to society according to a study from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. As the population ages, there will be an impact to the Social Security system. This may be addressed by asking workers to wait until a later age to start taking their benefits.
New York cable television viewers may be interested in learning that a lawsuit has been filed against TBS by an African-American former employee claiming the channel practices racial discrimination. According to the woman's lawsuit, she worked at the company for 13 years and observed a pattern of racial discrimination. She says that African-American employees had to work harder for promotions than white employees and that they were paid less than their white counterparts.