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September 2015 Archives

Job interviews and workplace discrimination

Workplace discrimination can occur at any point during the employment process, including while a potential job candidate is being interviewed. During an interview, questions pertaining to the applicant's race, religion, national origin and marital status are supposed to be off limits. However, a lot of employers in New York and around the country still ask these types of questions in order to get job candidates to reveal personal information that could affect hiring decisions.

Federal guidelines for employers of transgender people

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have published guidance for employers in New York that have a transgender person on staff. The guidelines intend to reduce the possibility of creating a hostile workplace, which might result in an allegation of employment discrimination.

President Obama gives federal contract workers paid sick leave

New York employees may have heard about President Obama's recent executive order that he signed on Labor Day. The order provides that federal contractors must give their workers paid sick time off from their jobs. Currently, 300,000 such workers do not have paid sick leave.

Court rules nurse's discrimination case can proceed

New York employees may be interested to learn that a Tennessee court allowed a nurse to proceed with her disability and age discrimination case against a nursing home where she had previously been employed. The lawsuit was filed after the nurse was terminated from her job.