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.
Careers in science, technology, engineering and math frequently offer high-paying career opportunities to people in New York. Women and minorities, however, experience high levels of harassment and discrimination in these occupations according to a survey prepared by the Pew Research Center. Half of women in STEM jobs reported gender discrimination. Drawing upon data provided by some large technology companies, the Pew report found low levels of employment among blacks and Hispanics in STEM positions compared to other employment sectors.
Older workers in New York and around the country are protected against discrimination in the workplace by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The 1967 federal law covers workers who are 40 years of age or older, but a recent investigation by the nonprofit group ProPublica and the New York Times suggests that some of the nation's largest companies are advertising their job openings on social media platforms like Facebook to avoid older candidates and attract younger applicants.
Pregnancy can change many aspects of a woman's life, including her job situation. Many women decide to take time off, work different hours or change career paths entirely. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act is designed to protect workers who become pregnant. Employees in New York are protected from unlawful discrimination by both state and federal law.
People in New York might recognize Tesla as a company pursuing the advancement of electric cars, but a string of lawsuits reveals workplaces riddled with alleged discrimination. A new class-action lawsuit claims that racial discrimination was pervasive at a West Coast factory.
Some New Yorkers are subjected to illegal discrimination based on gender in the workplace. In some cases, the jealousy of a spouse that leads to disparate treatment by the members of one gender at a company may constitute illegal discrimination, according to a recent case.