As overtime rules are set to be changed, many New Yorkers stand to benefit. The rules, which nearly double the previously set salary threshold of $23,660 annually for overtime pay eligibility, will likely benefit around 6 million U.S. employees.
Today, female employees in New York and around the country are legally protected from sexual harassment in the workplace. Past court cases have confirmed that women can file sexual harassment claims against their employers under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Although it is widely known that it is illegal for supervisors to sexually harass their female employees, this was not always the case.
There are two federal laws that prohibit paying men or women a different salary based on their gender: the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In spite of the fact that these laws were put on the books more than 50 years ago, people are still being paid more or less depending on their gender.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges that the private employers involved in two lawsuits committed sexual-orientation discrimination. New York workers may know that there is a split among federal courts over whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits this behavior.