Tag Archives: human rights law

The Roots of Fair Employment Law

New York State’s extensive anti-discrimination Human Rights Law did not spring intact from the minds of New York’s legislators. Instead, it built on existing federal and state laws to become one of the most inclusive, protective anti-discrimination laws in the nation. In 1945, New York’s Ives-Quinn Act — the Law Against Discrimination — became law,… Read more »

Unemployment Discrimination in New York City Today

New York City’s Human Rights Law has long protected against discrimination based on: Race Color Creed Age National origin Alienage Citizenship status Gender Sexual orientation Disability Marital status Partnership status Any lawful source of income Status as a victim of domestic violence Status as a victim of sex offenses or stalking Lawful occupation Family status… Read more »

Discrimination Based on Unemployment in NYC

As our economy begins to reawaken following a long period of recession, many of the long-term unemployed are attempting to return to the workforce. Unfortunately, in many areas of the country, they are finding the doors shut as businesses pass over them in favor of applicants who are currently employed. While some jurisdictions have outlawed… Read more »

New York City Enhances Protections for Pregnant Workers

The New York City council expanded protections provided for mothers-to-be with the passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act this September. The legislation ensures that employers in New York City reasonably accommodate the needs of pregnant workers, for example with temporary reprieves from heavy lifting duties, frequent breaks to hydrate, the ability to sit down… Read more »

Sexual Harassment in Grad School

Graduate students often end up treading the line between student and employee. While they take positions assisting professors and teaching undergraduates as part of extending their education — and often receive payment for their work — they are first and foremost students who count on a collegial or at least civil learning environment as they… Read more »

Defining Gender Identity Discrimination

Gender identity discrimination occurs when someone treats you differently or unfairly because of your gender identity. Examples of workplace gender identity discrimination can include: Losing your job when your employer discovers your plans to undergo a sex reassignment operation Facing harassment, teasing or worse because your employer or co-workers discover that you cross-dress outside of… Read more »

Taking a Step Forward: Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law in New York

Last year, as four times previously, the New York State Assembly passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA). And, just like the last four times the Assembly passed GENDA over the past decade — an anti-discrimination law that would add “gender identity and expression” to the existing New York State Human Rights Law — the… Read more »

The Face of Pregnancy Discrimination

Generally, we think of pregnancy discrimination as occurring when women face harassment or ridicule because of a pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions. But given the broad scope of federal, state and local laws prohibiting pregnancy discrimination, it is important to consider what exactly pregnancy discrimination means and the many forms it can take. For example, what… Read more »

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