A study released in March drew on the experiences of 500 people who had faced workplace discrimination related to factors such as their age, gender, religion, race, sexual orientation, pregnancy or marital status. In some cases, the discrimination was subtle. The researchers identified a number of different ways that discrimination might manifest in workplaces in New York and throughout the country.
On April 5, the New York City Council voted 47-3 to ban New York City employers from asking about the salary history of prospective employees. This was done primarily in an effort to close the wage gap between male and female workers. The bill prohibits both public and private sector employers to use prior salary information to make a new salary offer.
New York residents may have heard about sexual harassment scandals at large companies like Uber and Sterling Jewelers. These incidents have come to light at a time in which there has been an increased awareness of the phenomenon. Therefore, a person may imagine that companies would do more to prevent such incidents from happening.