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Jun 14, 2019

New York City Amends the City Human Rights Law by Passing the “Boss Bill,” Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Employee Sexual and Reproductive Health Decisions

Effective May 20, 2019, New York City employers with four or more employees are prohibited from discriminating against employees based on their “sexual and reproductive health decisions.” Such decisions are defined as “any decision by an individual to receive services, which are arranged for or offered or provided to individuals relating to sexual and reproductive health, including the reproductive system and its functions,” and can include abortion, fertility-related medical procedures, sexually transmitted disease prevention, testing, and treatment, family planning services and counseling, use of birth control drugs and supplies, emergency contraception, sterilization, and pregnancy testing. » Read More

Jun 03, 2019

Employers: Beware the Temptation to “Retaliate”

According to the EEOC, retaliation complaints accounted for a majority of discrimination charges filed with the agency in the fiscal year 2018. Employers must be cognizant of—and resist—the temptation to take action against employees that could be perceived as retaliation for their involvement in any one of many protected activities in the workplace. » Read More

Feb 15, 2019

New Jersey’s Legislature Continues to Alter Employment Law Landscape

While New Jersey has long been considered progressive in preserving and protecting the employment rights of its citizens (see last year’s Pay Equity and Paid Sick Leave Laws), current activity in the Legislature and Governor’s office relating to laws impacting the workplace is at an all-time high. » Read More

Jan 30, 2019

New York Bans Discrimination Against Transgender Employees

Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo approved pro-LGBTQ+ legislation.  The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (“GENDA”) bans discrimination against transgender and non-binary employees working in New York.

GENDA amended New York’s Human Rights Law to include gender identity and gender expression.  » Read More

Nov 09, 2018

Employment Law in Television and the Movies Recap

And just like that, our 2018 seminars are complete.  We would like to thank you to everyone who came out to our last (and clearly most fun and educational) seminar of the year!

We discussed the handling of a variety of employment issues including discrimination, harassment, employee discipline, and employee termination, as seen in popular TV programs and movies (primarily Seinfeld and the Office, obviously).  » Read More

Oct 12, 2018

Sexual Harassment Charges Up Sharply Post-Weinstein

It may be hard to believe, but October 5, 2018, marked the one-year anniversary of the New York Times exposé of Harvey Weinstein, which led to a nationwide conversation about sexual assault and sexual harassment that continues to this day.  Although it is impossible to quantify the impact of this movement on our society, preliminary data released by the U.S. » Read More

Oct 05, 2018

The Future of Bathroom Accommodations for Transgender Employees in Pennsylvania

The protections afforded to transgender employees in Pennsylvania are increasing but remain uncertain.  In August 2018, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (“PHRC”) issued guidance to elaborate on the meaning of “sex” under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (“PHRA”).  The PHRC concluded that sex discrimination does encompass claims of discrimination based on sexual orientation, transgender transition, gender identity, and gender expression.   » Read More

Sep 25, 2018

Updated Harassment Policies Anticipated for NJ Legislators and Staff

Taking action in the wake of the #MeToo movement, the New Jersey Assembly is expected to adopt a significant upgrade to its own harassment policies.  The Home News Tribune reported here, on the anticipated changes, which include mandatory training for legislators and staff, as well as a new procedure where complaints made under the policy may be made public under the Open Public Records Act.  » Read More

Aug 23, 2018

PHRC Issues Guidance on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination

As many Pennsylvania employers know, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (“PHRC”) is the agency charged with enforcing state anti-discrimination laws such as the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (“PHRA”). The PHRA largely mirrors federal workplace anti-discrimination laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”), but has a lower employee threshold for coverage: four or more employees. » Read More

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