Category Archives: Gender Discrimination

NJ Employee allege Retaliation for Whistleblowing

City Worker fights for Fair Wages New Jersey – A male employee, Patrick “PJ” Leonard, working for the city of Bayonne, NJ has filed a lawsuit in Hudson County Superior Court against the city alleging that he experienced workplace retaliation as a result of whistleblowing. Whistleblowing occurs when an employee offers information regarding workplace misconduct… Read more »

NJ Police Officers sue for Sexual Harassment

Twin Police Officers link to Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Suit New Jersey – Twin police officers, Angel and Luis Santiago, were named in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed in Cumberland County on behalf of five female officers who alleged they were subjected to “a plethora of sexual harassment” on the basis of gender. The sexual… Read more »

US Labor Department updated Sex Discrimination Regulations for the First Time in 40 Years.

Women make up over 50 percent of the population in the United States and are a significant part of the workforce. Yet, discrimination based on gender (sex discrimination) remains prevalent. As an employment attorney, practicing for over 21 years, I (among many others) have been trying to eradicate this problem from our society while constantly… Read more »

New York City Makes Caregivers a Protected Class

On January 5, 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law legislation prohibiting employment discrimination based on an individual’s actual or perceived status as a caregiver. A “caregiver” is defined as “a person who provides direct and ongoing care for a minor child or care recipient.” A “care recipient” is a person… Read more »

Gender-based Discrimination Poll in Politics

Hillary Clinton promotes the Woman Card Donald Trump recently gave a speech that included degrading remarks against his competitor’s, Hillary Clinton, presidential campaign. Trump alleged that Hillary’s primary focus in her campaign is the woman card. He further explained that most women do not like the “female candidate.” In spite of Trump’s negativity, Clinton launched… Read more »

New York State’s Paid Family Leave

The New York State budget for 2016-2017, which was proposed by Governor Cuomo, included a Paid Family Leave (PFL) policy. PFL, when fully-enacted, will allow employees to take up to 12 weeks of leave to care for an infant or family member with a serious health condition. Employees are eligible to take leave after having… Read more »

EEOC RULES THAT SEXUAL ORIENTATION DISCRIMINATION IS UNLAWFUL UNDER TITLE VII

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ruled that sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace is a form of illegal sex discrimination. According to the Commission, which passed the ruling in a 3-to-2 vote on July 16, 2015, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not explicitly prohibit sexual orientation discrimination. It does, however,… Read more »

EEOC FINDS THAT NYC PAID MINORITY AND FEMALE WORKERS LESS THAN WHITE MALE COUNTERPARTS

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently found that New York City discriminated against women and minorities, paying them substantially less than their white male counterparts. The Commission issued its ruling after more than 1,000 administrative managers, represented by Local 1180 of the Communications Workers of America, filed a complaint against former Mayor Michael… Read more »

HISTORIC EEOC LAWSUIT CLAIMING SEX DISCRIMINATION AGAINST TRANSGENDER EMPLOYEE IS SETTLED

In 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed its first two lawsuits that claimed that transgender discrimination was prohibited under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The Commission asserted that because transgender discrimination was a form of sex stereotyping, it was covered under Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination. Recently, one… Read more »

IS SEXUAL HARASSMENT AGAINST JOB APPLICANTS UNLAWFUL?

The law says that employers are prohibited from turning a blind eye to sexual harassment in the workplace. But does it offer protections to job applicants as well? A lawsuit filed on July 21st illustrates that the law protects both job applicants and employees from sexual harassment. The suit, which was filed by the U.S…. Read more »

JURY AWARDS WOMAN OVER $13 MILLION IN GENDER DISCRIMINATION CASE

A federal jury recently awarded $13 million to a former shipping supervisor who claimed that she faced six years of gender discrimination and harassment at Hunter Panels, a construction material supplier. According to the lawsuit, the employee was regularly ridiculed by fellow employees for being a woman. She made several complaints about the harassment to… Read more »