Category Archives: Discrimination

Woman trying to work but facing gender discrimination.

NY Appellate Court Reinstates 2009 Sex Bias Claim; NYCHRL only Requires Unfavorable Change in Job Terms to Show Discrimination

In May 2019, the Appellate Division, Second Department reversed the 2016 Supreme Court ruling in Golston-Green v. City of New York. The Supreme Court dismissed the 2009 employment discrimination lawsuit against the New York City Police Department (NYPD) alleging gender discrimination in violation of the New York State and City Human Rights Laws.  In its […]

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Supreme Court Rules Title VII Protects LGBTQ Workers

In a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  While LGBTQ workers in New York have long had protections against discrimination under local and state law, the high court has now extended federal protections to millions of workers […]

Plastic container and pen for pre-employment marijuana screening.

New York City Pre-Employment Pot Test Ban Now in Effect

In April 2019, the New York City Council passed a law barring most employers from conducting marijuana tests on job candidates. The law went into effect on May 10, 2020. If you have been turned down for a job after taking a marijuana test, it takes a skilled employment lawyer to protect your rights. Marijuana […]

Luggage from the Away company.

Away Embroiled in Employment Controversy. Will Lawsuits Follow?

New York-based direct-to-consumer luggage company Away has been mired in turmoil since a scathing exposé on its toxic work culture appeared in The Verge. If you have been subjected to unfair treatment in your workplace, it takes a highly skilled employment lawyer to assert your rights.  Did Away executives create a hostile work environment in […]

African American woman working in a business that follows the CROWN Act.

New Jersey’s CROWN Act Bans Discrimination Based on Hairstyle

On December 19, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation amending the state’s Law Against Discrimination to include hairstyle discrimination as a form of prohibited race-based discrimination. The Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act (“CROWN Act”) became effective immediately, making New Jersey the third state, along with New York and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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