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Workplace Discrimination Archives

EEOC sues grocery store for religious discrimination

New York shoppers may have heard that a grocery store chain that has locations in some East Coast states is being sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. According to the complaint, the store violated federal law by not providing an accommodation based on a worker's religion.

Man sues Target for discrimination and harassment

Workers in New York may be interested in the case of a Target employee who filed suit against the company on July 23 in a Texas federal court. The man claims that he was exposed to discrimination due to his race and his disabilities. According to the lawsuit, the man suffers from autism and dyslexia, and he has two rods in his back, which makes it difficult for him to get around.

New York workers have updated rights in the workplace

For the first time in three decades, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its guidelines regarding how employers may treat workers who are pregnant. According to the new guidelines, employers are not allowed to terminate pregnant workers or fail to make arrangements for them to do lighter work. Employers who violate these standards may be in violation of gender discrimination rules.

New legislation for federal LGBT workers

Many residents in New York may already know that there are 32 states in the United States that currently allow employers to fire someone due to being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. On June 16, a White House representative said that President Obama requested that his staff draft an executive order to prohibit employment discrimination against LGBT workers of federal contractors. This new legislation could reportedly affect 16 million employees in the United States.

New York bill passes committee vote on way to Senate

The New York Senate Labor Committee voted on June 3 in favor of new legislation that would protect workers from unfair treatment based on the decisions they make regarding reproductive health care. The proposed law will now move to the Senate floor. While there were no committee votes against the bill, one member abstained. The proposed legislation is designed to protect employees from discrimination based on their choices regarding issues such as birth control and abortion.

Tiffany & Company faces racial discrimination accusation

A former African-American male manager of a Tiffany's location in Texas has filed a lawsuit in federal court citing racial discrimination. The former employee of the company that has its flagship operation in New York claims that he was given a termination warning despite having received excellent performance reviews and increasing sales since he joined the company in 1993. It is alleged that a new vice president was overheard making some disparaging remarks along the lines of "a black man representing the Tiffany brand" after a visit to the Texas location.

Was female editor fired after discovering wage discrimination?

The first female editor of the venerable New York Times was recently fired by the publisher of the newspaper. Information has come to light in the days following the firing suggesting that the employment dispute was related to sex discrimination.

New York company pays in age discrimination suit

Work is a day-to-day aspect of most people’s lives. Not only do Americans rely on employment for financial security, but feeling useful and productive can also provide a personal satisfaction. When discrimination of any kind against you or a fellow employee happens, it can be challenging to maintain focus, productivity and enthusiasm in the workplace.

Federal appellate court weighs in on reasonable accommodations

The state of technology today allows many workers to telecommute, either for a limited part of the workweek or, in some cases, every day. Many companies find allowing workers to telework is beneficial, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Roughly 15 years ago the EEOC began to recognize telecommuting as a possible reasonable accommodation for workers with disabilities in appropriate cases.

Bed, Bath and Beyond settles suit over criminal background checks

Criminal background checks in the hiring process are a common procedure used by many companies in New York. As a society, we may be trained to accept this process. When a commercial vehicle is involved in an accident, the driver’s driving record (if any) may be detailed in news reports. If a teacher is accused of abusing students, the question of any potential criminal background may make headlines.