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U.S. Congress Considers LGBTQ Discrimination

On February 25, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, a measure that would, among other things, codify the 2020 U.S. Supreme Court ruling prohibiting discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  While LGBTQ workers in New York have legal protections under city and state law, many continue to […]


EEOC Investigating Facebook Over Systemic Racism

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is conducting a systemic probe of racial bias in hiring and promotions by Facebook. While the social media company has not been accused of wrongdoing, a systemic probe indicates that the EEOC suspects Facebook’s policies may be contributing to widespread employment discrimination.  The Backdrop The EEOC expanded its investigation […]

Amazon illegally tests NYC job applicants for marijuana

New York City law makes it illegal for employers to require job applicants to submit to a drug test for marijuana, unless the potential job fits into a few categories.  Driving a commercial vehicle is one example of those exemptions. Amazon is violating this law by requiring those applying for certain warehouse jobs, including being […]

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EEOC Releases Workplace Discrimination Data for 2020

In March, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released statistics of workplace discrimination charges the agency received in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, which ended on Sept. 30, 2020. While the EEOC plays a crucial role in enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, the data shows that workplace discrimination continues to be a pervasive problem […]

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Congress Reconsiders Pregnancy Discrimination

The U.S. Congress is once again considering legislation that would provide stronger legal protections to women who have been subjected to pregnancy discrimination. The stated purpose of the bill, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), is to eliminate discrimination and ensure reasonable accommodations for women whose ability to perform their job-related duties is limited by […]

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EEOC Updates Guidance on Religious Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released revisions to its guidance on religious discrimination in the workplace (Guidance). In particular, the revised Guidance reiterates that employers must make reasonable accommodations for an employee’s religious beliefs in accordance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII).  Despite the prohibitions against religious […]

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What to Do About Discrimination During a Job Interview

A job interview can be nerve-inducing for even the most qualified candidate, but what happens if you are discriminated against during a job interview because of your race, age, sexual orientation, or other illegal reason? While local, state, and federal laws prohibit discrimination during the hiring process, job applicants are often denied employment for discriminatory […]

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NYC Probation Department Hit with Racial Discrimination Class-Action Lawsuit

All employees in New York are protected against discrimination under local, state and federal law, including wage discrimination. Now, a federal discrimination class-action lawsuit against the New York City Probation Department indicates that discrimination is not only a problem in the private sector but the public sector as well. Given that the city and state […]

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Is Racial Discrimination Pervasive in the High-End Restaurant Industry?

Fast-food workers, line cooks, servers, and other restaurant workers who represent minority communities are at risk of being discriminated against. According to a recent story in the New York Times, racial discrimination is especially pervasive in the high-end restaurant industry,  where women of color, in particular, suffer the combined effects of both racism and sexism. […]

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New York City Eliminates At-Will Employment For Most Fast-Food Workers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law in January two City Council bills prohibiting fast-food employers from terminating workers or reducing their hours below a certain threshold without just cause, except in certain situations. The new law, which goes into effect on July 4, 2021, redefines the employer-employee relationship by essentially eliminating […]

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