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Blog Posts by Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP

Groundbreaking cases in the Seventh Circuit may have far-reaching effects for LGBTQ employees

For the second time in just two months, the Chicago-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has issued a ground-breaking ruling that will have an enormous impact on countless gender discrimination cases involving LGBTQ people. In April, the Seventh Circuit overturned itself and broke ranks with its sister by holding that employment discrimination […]

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What Are My Rights as an Employee Under the New York City Human Rights Law?

Employees around the country who are being discriminated against on a prohibited basis, such as sex or race, may bring race discrimination, sex discrimination, age discrimination, and disability discrimination claims in federal court under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and Americans with Disabilities […]

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Tell-Tale Signs of Independent Contractor Misclassification

Posted April 17th, 2017 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Uber. Lyft. Instacart. Caviar. Homejoy. It seems hardly a month passes without news about a lawsuit alleging that these on-demand gig-economy services are ripping off their workers.  Uber and Lyft alone have been sued in dozens of lawsuits alleging that they misclassified their drivers as independent contractors.  Some drivers who sued Uber reached a class […]

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Should Blowing the Whistle on Tax Fraud Be Treated Differently?

Posted April 14th, 2017 by in Whistleblower Law.

Tax Day 2017 is fast-approaching, and of course, we are once again reminded that nothing in life is certain, except death and taxes . . . and tax fraud.  The tax fraud problem is so pervasive that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes an annual “dirty dozen” list of the most pervasive tax scams.  This […]

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People with Criminal Records “Need Not Apply”: Criminal Background Checks and Race Discrimination

Posted April 7th, 2017 by in Race Discrimination.

More than 90% of employers rely on criminal background checks to make hiring decisions, but this common practice raises numerous concerns.  First, there are practical issues about whether background checks actually provide employers with meaningful information.  For example, recent research indicates that after a certain amount of time, individuals who have committed a crime are […]

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Gender Discrimination? Because Makeup Doesn’t Grow on Trees

Before I go to work every morning, I engage in a ritual that my husband has never needed to.  As the New York Times reports, this ritual is can make women appear confident, capable, reliable, or likable in the workplace, and can even lead to a higher salary when compared to other women.  What is […]

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Because of Sex – Does Title VII Prohibit Harassment based on Sexual Orientation?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee “because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” When an employer discriminates against an employee because of his or her gender, there is, therefore, no question that Title VII makes that conduct […]

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The Motherhood Penalty a.k.a Caregiver or Family Responsibilities Discrimination

In a 2007 study, Cornell sociologists Correll, Benard, and Paik examined the motherhood penalty, a phrase sociologists use to describe the systemic disadvantages that working mothers often encounter in hiring, pay, promotion, and other aspects of their employment. In the United States, mothers suffer a per-child wage penalty of approximately 5%, controlling for similar qualifications […]

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An Epic Decision: Seventh Circuit Shoots Down Employee Arbitration Contract

In a precedent-setting decision late last month, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit deemed an employee arbitration agreement unenforceable on the ground that it violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The decision is a major win for employees because it recognizes their right to challenge unlawful employment policies and conditions […]

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Lady Links I’m Loving

As my due date (and belly) loom larger in my third trimester, I have been spending more and more time on activities that can be done from the comfort of my couch. While I regularly rotate through NPR, the NY Times, and This American Life for news and entertainment, during this sedentary time I have […]

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