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Workplace Discrimination Archives

Rights of workers with diabetes

New York workers who suffer from diabetes are likely to need to take a bit of time each day, sometimes multiple times a day, to check on and maintain their sugar level. This can potentially mean that they need their employer to make accommodations so that they are able to take care of their condition. In many cases, employers will have no problems allowing people a few minutes here and there to address these issues.

EEOC kicks off Hollywood gender discrimination probe

New York entertainment fans may be interested to learn that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission officially began its investigation into discrimination against female TV and film directors in Los Angeles on Oct. 14. Investigators kicked off their query by interviewing film director Maria Giese about the employment issues female directors face in Hollywood.

Sexual orientation protection under discrimination law

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects workers from being discriminated against based on their color, national origin, race, religion or sex. Since Title VII does not list sexual orientation, federal courts have rejected such discrimination claims. The LGBT community in New York is likely thrilled to learn that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has decided that sexual orientation discrimination is innately sex discrimination and, therefore, is covered under Title VII.

Time Warner changes parental leave policy after lawsuit

A lawsuit that was filed against Time Warner Inc. over a discriminatory parental leave policy. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the New York-based company on behalf of a former employee of one of its divisions who claimed that he and other biological fathers were not allowed to take as much parental leave as biological mothers and adoptive parents.

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.

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.

Public service employers discriminate against African Americans

The results of a research collaboration between the University of Southampton and the Institute for the Study of Labor show that libraries, school districts and sheriff offices across the country are less likely to reply to requests for information if the requesters' names sound African American. People seeking information in New York might be surprised that there is a significant difference.

Warner Bros. lawsuit involves age discrimination

According to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on August 17, Warner Bros. Television wrongfully terminated a man who was the second assistant director of a television show due to his age. The lawsuit claims the plaintiff was subjected to demotions and fired without cause from "The Big Bang Theory", a show that is hugely popular in New York and around the country.