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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IS ALL TOO PREVALENT IN THE WORKPLACE

Whileracial 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

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