Mayor Eric Adams has signed an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) that will make height and weight discrimination illegal within the city as of November 22, 2023. The issues of height and weight discrimination are often overlooked, but an increasingly prominent issue in employment law. This would address those concerns by making it illegal to discriminate against an employee based on their height or weight unless one of a handful of exceptions applies.
Every employer has a legal responsibility to ensure the workplace is safe for their employees. However, some employers do not take this responsibility seriously, resulting in an increased risk of injury or death to employees. Here are just seven common types of unsafe working conditions you may find in your workplace:
Under a new proposed rule by the United States Department of Labor, all employees making under $1,059 per week in the United States would be eligible for overtime pay. If adopted, this would potentially give an additional three million employees eligibility for overtime, when they would otherwise be excluded. This helps to close certain loopholes that employers have used to keep employees from earning overtime they might otherwise be entitled to. Continue reading “Proposed DOL Rule Would Make 3 Million Eligible for Overtime”
Employees have a legal right to strike against their employer over grievances with their workplace or their terms of employment. By striking, employees can force employers to the negotiating table for the purposes of collective bargaining, which can potentially improve their circumstances. Here are seven of the most common reasons that employees go on strike:
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued new proposed regulations to implement protections put into place by the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), which was signed into law earlier this year. The regulations, if adopted, would require employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers, as well as those who recently gave birth. It also protects those suffering from medical conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth, and gives employees the right to sue if reasonable accommodations are not provided.
In the wake of an unprecedented heat wave, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an alert to employers to watch for the dangers of extreme heat. While high temperatures can be threatening to anyone, it can be especially dangerous for certain professions, where the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke are high. Employers who force employees to work in these conditions without taking appropriate precautions can place their lives at risk.
DIsability discrimination is a sadly common phenomenon that affects an estimated 61% of all disabled workers. This sort of behavior is not only inappropriate for the workplace, it may also be a violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Here are seven ways you may be discriminated against for your disability:
Age discrimination is a serious problem that results in many older workers being deprived of benefits, raises, or promotions they have earned through their hard work. Even workers as young as 40 may experience the effects of age discrimination, getting pushed out of their jobs in favor of younger workers. Here are seven reasons employers engage in age discrimination against their older workers:
The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) voted to go on strike after failing to reach an agreement with movie and television studios, as well as online streaming services, over a number of issues. This comes just over two months after the Writers Guild of America (WGA) also went on strike due to exploitative business practices and low pay. The goal of these strikes is to obtain better pay and benefits for their members, including better residuals for streaming shows, as well as to curtail efforts by studios to exploit actors using AI and other similar technology.
Although Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 has prohibited employment-based sexual discrimination across the United States for decades, it remains a persistent issue in workplaces across the country. Approximately 20,000 people every year file sexual discrimination claims with the EEOC, with as many as 50,000 additional claims filed based on state or local statutes. Here are just seven of the ways you may experience sexual discrimination in your workplace: