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December 2014 Archives

New Justice Department protections for transgender employees

Individuals in New York may be aware that since 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has included transgender people as one of the groups protected against workplace discrimination, but now the federal government is changing its interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In 2006, the Justice Department said Title VII did not apply to discrimination against transgender people, but it has reversed that decision. It is now asserting that it will now bring claims on behalf of state and local government transgender employees who are asserting that they have been subject to discrimination, and will no longer maintain its position that Title VII does not apply.

The legal aspects of compensation discrimination

New York residents may not be aware about the facts concerning compensation discrimination and equal pay in the workforce. Employees are protected under a variety of federal laws ensuring that earnings are not subject to discrimination. Employee benefits such as holiday pay, insurance benefits, bonuses, overtime, hazard pay, stock investments, trip accommodations and reimbursement for travel-related expenses are also protected under laws.

Understanding paid sick leave in New York

It is estimated that 90 percent of American workers come to work when sick. While many companies offer workers some sort of paid time off, certain state and local governments mandate when employers must provide paid sick leave. In New York City, companies with more than five employees must offer employees up to 40 hours a year in paid sick leave.

Dealing with sexual harassment n New York

An individual who wants to work may face stress in an environment that is laden with unwelcome comments or behavior. A hostile work environment can prevent you from doing your job correctly, and knowing how to obtain relief in such a situation may be difficult. You may worry that reporting a problem will affect your terms of employment or result in your termination, or you might feel as if there is no way to correct a problem because the offensive behavior is coming from a superior. However, legal advice may be important as you consider what to do.