New York employers should take note of the continuing focus of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on the discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. The EEOC has filed a lawsuit against Deluxe Financial Services, a company best known for check printing, on behalf of a transgender employee who claimed workplace discrimination.
Some New York workers may be interested in a recent study that looked at how sexual orientation affects people in the workplace. The United States, Australia, Canada and some European Union countries are among the few places that have legislation in place protecting employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation. However, even in those countries, the IZA World of Labor study indicated that gay people may face some workplace discrimination.
On June 3, a former Zara employee filed a lawsuit against the fashion retailer in New York State Supreme Court. The plaintiff, who worked as a corporate attorney for Zara USA, claims that he suffered workplace discrimination and was fired for being gay, Jewish and American. He is seeking a damage award of over $40 million.
New York residents may be dismayed to learn that discrimination against pregnant employees remains widespread even though federal and state laws exist that are intended to protect them. This discrimination might range from firing employees who say that they are pregnant to refusing accommodations such as lighter duties or a stool to sit on.