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March 2015 Archives

Lawsuit accuses Facebook of sex and race discrimination

Employers in New York and nationwide are watching the workplace discrimination lawsuits emerging against giant technology companies. Following on the heels of the high-profile gender discrimination case against the venture capital company Kleiner Perkins, Facebook has now been named in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a former female employee of Chinese descent.

Health risk assessments may be against employees' rights

As many New York workers know, some employers have health wellness programs for employees. Joining wellness programs may have a positive effect on some workers' health and possibly insurance premiums. Even the Affordable Care Act allows for a different premium based on participation in such schemes.

When a dress code is illegal in New York

For the most part, an employer may mandate that a worker wear a certain uniform while on the clock. If an employee needs or wants to wear something outside of that dress code for religious purposes, an employer is generally required to make reasonable accommodations. However, the employer is not required to do anything that would cause an undue hardship to the company.

Proving age discrimination after an interview

Job seekers in New York who have suffered from age-based employment discrimination when applying for a position might wonder how they will be able to prove it. Although some employers make a practice of age discrimination quite obvious, this kind of blatant discrimination is rare. In most cases, an investigation into the employer's hiring process will be necessary to prove that it took place.