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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

Nov 29, 2017

Another One Bites the Dust

Matt Lauer, a staple of morning television, was terminated by NBC today for sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct in the workplace.  While the details have yet to emerge, it appears that NBC acted quickly to end Lauer’s employment.  Tellingly, the statement made by NBC indicated that this was the first complaint of harassment in 20 years of employment for Lauer.  » Read More

Oct 27, 2017

Harassment in the Workplace: Not a New Issues

Harvey Weinsten, Ben Afleck (bad move, Batman!), John Besh, Mark Halperin, former President George H.W. Bush: it seems like every day now there is another news story about allegations of harassment (or worse) in the workplace.  Without getting into the specifics of the claims, employers can learn something from these issues. » Read More

Nov 10, 2016

Pennsylvania Federal Court Holds that Sexual Orientation is Protected Under Title VII

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not expressly list sexual orientation as a protected classification.  Last year, however, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission held that sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination pursuant to Title VII.  » Read More