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.
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.
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:
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:
Racial discrimination is a pernicious and surprisingly common problem in workplaces throughout the United States. Even in companies that pride themselves on inclusivity and diversity, it is possible that you might become the victim of discriminatory action. That is why you should stay on the lookout for these seven potential signs of racial discrimination in your workplace:
Age discrimination is a surprisingly common phenomenon, one that unfairly harms workers all across the United States. When people are the victims of this type of discrimination, they can potentially lose income, time, or business opportunities for no reason other than their age. But what exactly is age discrimination, and how do you know what it is when it is happening?
Twitter is once again facing a major federal lawsuit for alleged employment law violations, this time for potentially violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The lawsuit alleges that Elon Musk, the company’s new CEO, violated the law by suddenly requiring all employees to commit to 80-hour work weeks or accept severance, demanding an unreasonable amount of work without any accommodations. The suit also alleges an additional ADA violation by ending Twitter’s work from home policy without adequate explanation or notice. Continue reading “Twitter Faces ADA Woes Due to Changes in Work Policy”
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects people from being discriminated against at work on the basis of race, religion, sex, nationality, or skin color. Unfortunately, some employers will discriminate against their employees anyway, with racial discrimination being a particularly persistent problem in workplaces across the country. Watch for these potential signs of racial discrimination, which may indicate a need to pursue legal action:
Increasingly, employers have used credit checks to screen employees and make hiring and firing decisions. In fact, according to a 2018 HR.com report, as many as 16% of all employers in the United States conduct a credit check on all employees as part of the hiring process, and a third pull credit reports on at least some of their job candidates. But what is an employment credit check, and how can employers use them against their employees? Continue reading “How Employers Can Use a Credit Check Against An Employee”