The New York state legislature approved a bill called the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act. It would ban employer discrimination based on gender identity or expression, and the governor of the state is expected to sign it into law. The law seeks to provide greater protections for transgender individuals and others who don't conform to gender norms. If the law does pass, New York would become at least the 22nd state to offer such protection.
Workers at some of the best-known technology companies in New York and across the country are taking action to pressure these firms on how they deal with employee complaints. One group of Google workers launched a social media campaign on Jan. 15, in which they posted on Instagram and Twitter urging a change in corporate policy on workplace harassment cases. The campaign focuses particularly on forced arbitration agreements, clauses found in employment contracts that bar employees from filing a court action against the companies they work for over disputes that emerge in the workplace.
New York readers may be interested to learn that the newly Democrat-led House of Representatives passed new employment protections for LGBTQ staff and job applicants on Jan. 3. The new rules, which were part of a larger bill of regulations, will govern the freshly-convened 116th Congress for the next two years.
While women are far more likely to suffer sexual harassment and workplace discrimination on the job in New York, men can also be victimized at work. A former labor analyst at Disney Cruise Line has filed a lawsuit against the company, saying that his female manager bullied him about his age, engaged in inappropriate and unwanted conversations about her sex life with other employees and refused to promote him. The man says that he faced both sex and age discrimination on the job, a situation that may be statistically uncommon but can be equally damaging on an individual level.
In a study published in 2017 in JAMA, roughly one-third of physicians who are mothers say that they face discrimination at work. This is despite the fact that being a doctor is one of the most prestigious jobs that New York and other workers can hold. The research looked at 947 responses to a survey posted in a Facebook group in 2016. Among the issues that the participants cited included a lack of support while pregnant and less pay compared to their colleagues.
A former employee of Facebook has made statements claiming that the social media giant failed to stop discriminatory behavior against black users and employees. People who use Facebook in New York might be interested in the details of the situation, which raises employment discrimination issues. The former employee publicly posted an internal Facebook memo he had written, calling out the company for removing posts by black people who were speaking out against racism.
Employees in New York are protected against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, but this is not the case everywhere. The Supreme Court may rule on several cases that deal with LGBT worker rights on a national level. Specifically, the rulings would cover protections offered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
African Americans looking for work in New York and around the country still face the same amount of racism they faced 25 years ago, according to a meta-analysis of workplace discrimination studies. The analysis was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, almost 20 percent of adults in New York and the rest of the country exhibit some type of mental illness in any given year. This means that 43.8 million adults in America suffer from PTSD, anxiety, depression or more.
People in New York who work at Walmart might be aware that on Sept. 21, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against the company alleging that it would not make accommodations for a pregnant worker and that this violated the law. The lawsuit is in connection with a Walmart warehouse in Wisconsin where several pregnant women said they were not permitted to participate in a program that allowed lighter duties for some workers.