New York fans of what is often called the country's national pastime may be interested to learn about an ongoing wage and hour lawsuit filed by a group of minor league baseball players against 22 different Major League Baseball franchises in eight states. Recently, a California judge ruled that the case can proceed to the discovery stage.
New York residents may be aware that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides protections for workers against discrimination based on their race, religion, color, national origin or sex. However, there has been some legal confusion about how the act protects gay workers against discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sought to clear up any confusion on July 15 by ruling that lesbian, transgender, gay or bisexual workers are protected by the provision against discrimination based on sex contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
New York residents may be interested in the case of a Ford worker who has filed a lawsuit claiming that he had been wrongfully terminated. The man was terminated from his contract assignment with the car manufacturer through Rapid Global Business Solutions after posting what was deemed to be a discriminatory comment on the company's intranet site. He wrote that homosexuality leads to death and that homosexual conduct was immoral. The lawsuit claims that his right to religious freedom was violated when he was terminated.
After a former employee filed a suit for sexual harassment against the CEO of New York Global Group, a federal court decided that Benjamin Wey must pay $18 million to the 25-year-old woman who made the complaint. The Wall Street executive was accused of defamation and retaliation in addition to sexual harassment, and the court ordered that he pay $16 million in punitive damages and $2 million in compensatory damages.
It is in many cases illegal for New York employers to fire an employee because they became pregnant or wish to take maternity leave. There have been several significant cases that have dealt with discrimination against pregnant employees, including a Nasty Gal lawsuit in 2015 and an AutoZone lawsuit in 2014.