Gov. Andrew Cuomo seeks to put an end to discrimination against transgender people in the workplace, housing and others areas. In a letter dated Aug. 19, Cuomo stated that he believes gender identity should be protected from discriminatory practices just as civil rights protect people from discrimination based on disabilities, race and religion. The governor vowed to seek legal rights for gender expression if elected this fall. It would be the governor's second term in office.
New York shoppers may have heard that a grocery store chain that has locations in some East Coast states is being sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. According to the complaint, the store violated federal law by not providing an accommodation based on a worker's religion.
Some current and former employees of LinkedIn will be receiving a payout from the company for unpaid wages and damages. LinkedIn is going to pay almost $6 million to employees spread across four states, including New York, California, Illinois and Nebraska. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, LinkedIn's illegal employment activity affected 359 employees. The payments that will be made to these employees include $3.35 million in overtime back wages and $2.51 million in damages.
Workers in New York may be interested in the case of a Target employee who filed suit against the company on July 23 in a Texas federal court. The man claims that he was exposed to discrimination due to his race and his disabilities. According to the lawsuit, the man suffers from autism and dyslexia, and he has two rods in his back, which makes it difficult for him to get around.