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Two women at work discussing the new law on discrimination and reproductive health.

New York Bars Discrimination Based on “Reproductive Health Decision Making”

Employment discrimination based on race, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and other protected characteristics is prohibited by the New York State Human Rights Law — the state’s primary employment discrimination law. Workplace discrimination is also barred by the New York Labor Law, however, which has recently been amended to include discrimination on the […]

  • Posted on: Dec 9 2019
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Man with an African American hairstyle attending a business meeting.

What You Need to Know About Hairstyle Discrimination in the Workplace

Earlier in 2019, the New York City Commission on Human Rights issued guidance to the effect that prohibiting or restricting a natural African-American hairstyle in the workplace is a form of unlawful racial discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). If your employer has a grooming policy that treats you less favorably […]

  • Posted on: Dec 2 2019
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Lipsky Lowe LLP gives an overview of the worker adjustment and retraining notification act.

What Is the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act?

Even with the continued economic expansion and the nation’s unemployment rate at historic lows, it is still common for large corporations to layoff thousands of employees at a time. Losing a job is one of the top ten most stressful experiences for individuals, resulting in financial hardships that can affect the entire family.  More than […]

  • Posted on: Nov 22 2019
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Lipsky Lowe discusses the recent expansions of workplace discrimination and harassment protections in New York.

Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Protections Expanded in New York

In August 2019, Governor Cuomo signed legislation amending the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) that essentially strengthens worker protections against discrimination and harassment. Some of the new legal requirements are already in effect and more are on tap for the coming year. The following is a brief discussion of the new workplace discrimination […]

  • Posted on: Nov 15 2019
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Lipsky Lowe, LLP discusses whether or not the popular meme "Ok, Boomer" is ageist.

Is the “OK, Boomer” Meme Ageist?

The OK, Boomer meme has become a popular rant for younger generations (Millennials, Generation X, Generation Y) to blame contemporary social ills, economic uncertainty, and even climate change on the Baby Boomer generation. The meme, which emanated on the heavily censored social media site “TikTok,” may seem like harmless name-calling. In the workplace, however, an […]

  • Posted on: Nov 11 2019
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Lipsky Lowe LLP discusses whether or not your employer can discriminate against you if you are divorced.

Can My Employer Discriminate Against Me If I’m Divorced?

Although divorce rates have declined over the past decade, marital breakups are still common. As anyone who has been through a divorce can attest, it reaches every aspect of life; however, divorce should never impact an individual’s ability to secure or retain employment. In fact, discriminating against a divorced woman or man is an unlawful […]

  • Posted on: Nov 8 2019
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Lipsky Lowe LLP discusses how to prevent sexual harassment at office holiday parties.

Preventing Harassment at Office Holiday Parties

With the holiday season upon us, many companies will be hosting year-end parties, happy hours, and other events for their staff. While such activities typically happen after hours, it is crucial to remember that employees are still on the clock at seasonal gatherings, and the rules of conduct regarding discrimination and harassment during the workday […]

  • Posted on: Nov 1 2019
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Lipsky Lowe LLP discusses a recent complaint of religious discrimination filed by a Muslim employee against the New York DMV.

New York DMV Discriminates Against Muslims, Says Employee

A Muslim employee has filed a discrimination complaint against the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The employee claims that his request for an accommodation to participate in religious prayers on Friday afternoons was unfairly denied by the DMV.  The Backdrop The complaint, filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations-New York in October, […]

  • Posted on: Oct 29 2019
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Lipsky Lowe LLP discusses the new tip rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

New Tip Rules on the Horizon

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a proposed rule concerning tip provisions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This rule applies to employers in the hospitality and restaurant sectors where wage theft has long been a pervasive problem. If you believe your employer has taken improper tip credits, you should consult […]

  • Posted on: Oct 22 2019
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Lipsky Lowe LLP gives an overview of digital wage theft in the workplace.

In Focus: Digital Wage Theft

In the digital age, the use of digital time-tracking is becoming increasingly common. This technology is designed to replace clocks and time cards and improve the ability of employers to track employee time. Conversely, when an employee’s working hours are converted to data that is managed by computer software, that data can be manipulated with […]

  • Posted on: Oct 15 2019
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