Tag Archives: Employment Law

MUSLIM DRIVERS AWARDED $240,000 IN EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION SUIT

An Illinois jury recently awarded $240,000 to a pair of Muslim men who believed they were terminated from their position of employment with a trucking company after both men refused to serve alcohol, a violation of their religious practices as devout Muslims. Chief U.S. District Judge James Shadid ruled that Star Transport Inc. had violated… Read more »

WHAT PROTECTIONS DO TRANSGENDER INDIVIDUALS HAVE IN THE WORKPLACE?

A recent lawsuit and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint have caused the Justice Department to clarify the stance of the federal government on gender identity discrimination in the workplace. Leyth Jamal, a former Associate with Saks Fifth Avenue, filed a lawsuit alleging that she was harassed, discriminated and retaliated against due to her gender… Read more »

EEOC SAYS SARA LEE (THE COMPANY) DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BLACK EMPLOYEES

On February 9th, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that food company Sara Lee discriminated against black employees at a facility in Paris, Texas. According to the Commission’s findings, black workers were assigned to work in hazardous areas within the facility where they were exposed to asbestos, mold, and other toxins. In a… Read more »

SUPREME COURT TACKLES PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION

On December 3rd, 2014, the Supreme Court heard a pregnancy discrimination case that will help define the requirements of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978. The case was brought forward by Peggy Young, who drove a UPS delivery truck for four years before she became pregnant in 2006. After UPS requested a doctor’s note, Young… Read more »

NEW YORK CITY LAW PROHIBITS UNEMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION

If you are unemployed, you may worry about whether your work status will negatively impact your job search. You should know that in New York City, employers are prohibited from discriminating against you on the basis of your unemployment status. If you believe that you have been discriminated against because of your unemployment status, you… Read more »

WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT UNWANTED SEXUAL ADVANCES IN YOUR WORKPLACE

A powerful democrat, Vito Lopez, resigned from his position as a Brooklyn Assemblyman after an ethics panel reported on his sexual harassment of female members of his staff. The harassment took the form of groping and other unwanted advances of a sexual nature. A fine of more than $300,000 was imposed by the panel. Unwelcome… Read more »

YOUR BABY OR YOUR JOB: YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE TO MAKE THIS KIND OF CHOICE

Women now make up more than half of the workforce, and 60 percent of the mothers of children under the age of three now work. The income these women earn is crucial to the economic well-being of many families. Gender-based stereotyping of female caregivers can affect employer’s decisions with regard to whether to hire or… Read more »

GROOMING CODES AND SEX STEREOTYPING

There is an inherent tension in the acceptance of grooming codes as legal and permissible and the view that sexual stereotypes are impermissible discrimination. The courts do not apply the sexual stereotype analysis to grooming codes and appearance policies mainly because of the protection of the employers’ right to run their business the way they… Read more »

MINIMUM WAGE ON THE RISE

If you are earning minimum wage, expect that rate to rise in the coming years. Recent media reports suggest that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to push for the approval of a new statewide minimum wage of $10.10/hour.  Further, Cuomo also has a plan to allow localities to set their minimum wage up to… Read more »

RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IS ALL TOO PREVALENT IN THE WORKPLACE

While racial discrimination is less severe today than it once was, it has not, by any means, vanished from the landscape. In fact, it is the most widespread basis for federal employment discrimination claims, representing more than 35 percent of the charges in 2005. According to a 2003 Milwaukee study, whites with criminal records were called… Read more »

RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION IN NEW YORK

Muslim employees who wear a hijab or need an appropriate space for prayers during the workday, as well as Jewish employees who take time off to observe the Sabbath or religious holidays, may not be able to conform to a company’s dress code, time and leave requirements or work space allocations because of their religious… Read more »

OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE IN THE WORKPLACE

The “cussing” problem in the workplace has gotten so bad that a seminar is now offered to help people control their tongues. One Texas company decided to create a code of language ethics when their women employees complained about the amount of vulgar and crude language that was used at work, even though the remarks… Read more »

FAIR TREATMENT OF DISABLED WORKERS

Nashana Riley was a 29-year-old personnel sergeant in the Army when she contracted a severe case of encephalitis and spinal meningitis that paralyzed her from the neck down. She re-learned many of the skills and tasks that we take for granted, but it was ultimately decided that she could not perform as a soldier and… Read more »

MINIMUM WAGE LAWS: THE LEAST YOUR COVERED EMPLOYER CAN DO FOR YOU

The good news for New Yorkers is that a minimum wage increase to $9 was recently approved by the New York Legislature. The minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour and will rise in increments of 75 cents an hour over the course of the next two years, until it reaches $9 an hour in… Read more »

WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION: VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

In a 2005 phone survey, 44 percent of 1,200 employees who participated had been personally affected by domestic violence in their workplaces and 21 percent acknowledged that they were victims of domestic violence. According to another study, almost three quarters of the survivors of domestic violence were harassed by their abusers while they were working… Read more »