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How age bias may keep older workers unemployed

Many older workers in New York hope to stay active in their jobs past the usual retirement age. However, research from an economics professor at the University of California, Irvine, says that it may be difficult for many of them to find work. Along with two other economists, the study sent 40,000 resumes applying for actual job openings. The resumes were all identical except for the ages of the hypothetical applicants.

Religious discrimination in the workplace

According to a speaker at the Society for Human Resource Management's Employment Law and Legislative Conference, workers in New York and the rest of the United States should be diligent when speaking about religious discrimination in the workplace. This advice comes in the wake of religious community centers being threatened and as travel and immigration efforts from certain countries are being restricted on the basis of religion.

(th Circuit decision expands whistleblower protections

New York employees may be interested to learn that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled that employees who make reports internally about violations the company or another employee may be involved in are covered by the whistleblower provisions under the Dodd-Frank Act. This means that employees do not have to file a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission to still be protected against retaliation.

Using intermittent FMLA leave in New York

With the Family and Medical Leave Act, people have the ability to take time off of work that is in preset amounts. They may also take intermittent FMLA, which lets them be away from work at times of their choosing. This allows people to deal with family issues, such as child with an illness, or recover from a medical condition.

Sterling employees claim a culture of harassment

New York residents may have heard about a class-action arbitration brought against Sterling Jewelers by thousands of current and former female employees. Sterling is the parent company of retailers such as Jared the Galleria of Jewelry and Kay Jewelers. The lawsuit claims that a culture of harassment has existed within the organization since the 1990s. It should be noted that not all of the parties to the suit are claiming that they were sexually harassed.

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