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Union City, NJ Police Department Hit With Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

In May, a Union City police officer filed a lawsuit against the police department and a lieutenant alleging sexual harassment at work and retaliation after she reported it. The city does not comment on pending litigation, and it remains to be seen how this case will play out.  The lawsuit highlights the prevalence of sexual […]

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New Sexual Harassment Disclosures in Effect for NYC Human Services Contractors

Human services providers who contract with New York City must comply with sexual harassment reporting requirements that became effective in March. In short, these contractors are required to provide information to the Department of Investigation (DOI) about sexual harassment complaints, whether made by an employee, client, or another person.  The Backdrop  On March 3, 2021, […]

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In Focus: The New York HERO Act

In May, Governor Cuomo signed the New York Health and Essential Rights Act, or NY HERO Act, into law. The measure is intended to prevent occupational exposure to an airborne infectious disease by requiring employers in the state to adopt a health and safety plan to protect employees.  The Department of Labor (DOL) will be […]

Lipsky Lowe in the New York Post: Man fired by dental group for not hiring enough ‘white and yellow’ workers: lawsuit

A nationwide dental group fired an employee for hiring too many African American and Latino staff members — and not enough “white and yellow” workers, a new lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court alleges.  United Dental Group, which is headquartered in Manhattan and has locations across the country, brought on Jose Martinez as a general […]

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Amazon Faces More Employment Discrimination Lawsuits

In March, our firm reported that we had filed a lawsuit seeking class-action certification on behalf of prospective candidates at in New York City who were unlawfully subjected to marijuana testing. Now, the online retail giant has been hit with five lawsuits by women employed in corporate and warehouse management roles, accusing Amazon of […]


Starbucks Reaches Agreement with EEOC Over Alleged Racial Bias in Promotions

Starbucks recently announced that it reached a voluntary settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over allegations of racial bias in employee promotions. While the impact on the coffee chain remains to be seen, this story highlights how racial discrimination is prevalent in many workplaces. Ultimately, the best way for workers to protect their […]

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Supreme Court Turns Away Two Workplace Religious Bias Cases

On April 5, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear arguments in two cases in which employees alleged companies violated federal anti-discrimination law by failing to provide religious accommodations. While the high court has taken a more expansive view of religious liberties in recent rulings, is it unclear whether turning away these cases indicates […]

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In Focus: New York City’s Credit Check Law

Interviewing for a job in New York City during these unprecedented times can be stressful enough, but there are limits to what a prospective employer can ask you. Certainly, a company has a right to know whether you have the right skills and experience for the position. But an employer cannot ask questions about our […]

New Jersey Senate Considers Amendments to Law Against Discrimination

The New Jersey Senate is considering a bill that, if passed, will significantly amend the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD). In short, the proposed amendments would increase the burden on employers to prevent discrimination and harassment and eliminate the barriers to claims for employees. Whether or not the proposed bill will be signed into […]

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