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Accent Discrimination: An Overview

Posted December 13th, 2017 by in Employment Discrimination.

According to new Census data, a record 21.5% of U.S. residents speak a foreign language at home, including 45% of California residents and 31% of New York and New Jersey residents. In Tennessee, foreign language speakers more than quadrupled in the last twenty-five years. Are these individuals protected under the law if they encounter accent […]

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California Tackles Pay Discrimination in Employment by Banning Inquiries into Past Compensation

Posted November 9th, 2017 by in Employment Discrimination.

Beginning January 1, 2018, employers in California may no longer inquire into prospective employees’ compensation history. The goal of this measure is to reduce the substantial gaps in pay for female and minority employees. On October 12, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 168 into law. The Bill adds a new section containing several important […]

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What Rights Do I Have If I Signed A Non-Disclosure Agreement Or Confidential Settlement Of Employment Discrimination Case With My Employer?

Revelations that Harvey Weinstein and Bill O’Reilly entered into serial confidential settlements with women who claimed they were sexually harassed in the workplace has brought a great deal of attention to non-disclosure agreements and confidentiality and non-disparagement clauses in settlement agreements. Indeed, this increased attention has lead lawmakers in certain states to propose changes in […]

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To Close the Gender Wage Gap, Close the Information Gap

Posted September 25th, 2017 by in Employment Discrimination.

Equal pay for equal work has been the law in the United States for over 50 years. Both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963 prohibit employers from paying women less than men for equal work. When Congress passed these important protections in the 1960s, women […]

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Constructive Discharge: When a Resignation is Really a Firing

Posted September 20th, 2017 by in Employment Discrimination.

We all know that resignations are not always by choice. For example, it is hardly voluntary if an employer tells a worker that she can either resign or be fired. But even resignations which at first blush appear voluntary may legally be no different than a firing. The term is “constructive discharge.” Contrary to the […]

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New York’s New Paid Family Leave Program: What You Need to Know

Posted September 6th, 2017 by in Employment Discrimination.

Beginning January 1, 2018, New York’s Paid Family Leave Program will provide employees in New York State with a range of new benefits. Here’s what you need to know: Under the Program, employees will receive paid leave and continuation of health insurance coverage (subject to the employee contribution) for 8 weeks beginning in 2018, increasing […]

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Are Law Partners Covered by Employment and Anti-Discrimination Laws?

Posted August 16th, 2017 by in Employment Discrimination.

The short answer is quite possibly. In many cases, law partners may be regarded as “employees” under Title VII, the Equal Pay Act (EPA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and other laws – and therefore eligible to sue their firms for employment discrimination, retaliation, and similar unlawful treatment. The issue of whether a […]

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Continuing Race and Gender Pay Gaps Prompt New Responses

Posted June 1st, 2017 by in Employment Discrimination.

The fact that women, and black and Hispanic employees of all genders, continue to be paid less for the same work is gaining increasing national attention and is the focus of a variety of new laws, regulations, and lawsuits.[1] Evidence of Continuing Pay Disparities Data from the census show that large racial and gender pay […]

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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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Being PIPed?! Dos and Don’ts

Posted April 5th, 2017 by in Employment Discrimination.

Click here to read the Chinese version of this post “At-will employment” is the predominant employment relationships in the United States. Under at-will employment, an employer can terminate an employee at any time for any reason, except an illegal one (i.e. discrimination, retaliation, etc.), or for no reason. However, in order to minimize the possibility […]

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