A former salesperson at an upscale Manhattan store says that she endured racial harassment and discrimination for a decade at the store before she was fired for discriminatory reasons. Harassment itself in the workplace is a form of discrimination. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discriminatory practices in the workplace and harassment based upon race or national origin (among other protected groups) can certainly have significant impact upon working conditions for a victim of such harassment.
A recent court ruling in New York could impact future sexual harassment cases involving unpaid interns. A federal district court judge in New York ruled that unpaid interns are not considered "real employees" and do not have the right to file sexual harassment lawsuits against their employers.