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NY Times: Sex Discrimination is Alive and Well

The New York Times reported today that out of 3000 building superintendents in New York City, only a couple dozen are female.  www.nytimes.com/superintendents-who-are-women. While some of the explanations offered appeared on the surface to be socially-driven, such as self-selection and … Read more…

It’s Performance Review Time

Everybody gets nervous when the time for their annual (or semi-annual) performance review approaches.  You can reduce your anxiety and turn the review into a positive experience by preparing in advance.  Here are some tips to help the process go … Read more…

Female Army Rangers Burst Through Glass Ceiling – Sex Discrimination in Employment is Forbidden

Today First Lt. Shaye Haver and Capt. Kristen Griest became the first two women to graduate from the Army’s Ranger School, having completed a grueling nine-week training program along with 94 men.  Their extraordinary determination and grit helped them burst … Read more…

Confidential Means Confidential – Facebook Blast Causes Fired Employee to Lose Payment

Virtually all severance agreements contain confidentiality clauses that prohibit the employee from disclosing the terms of the agreement – and sometimes even its existence – beyond a limited list of people.   A recent case shows the hazards for employees who … Read more…

Illegal or Just Sleazy?

The New York Women’s Equality Coalition has produced a funny, pointed video in which a hapless game show contestant discovers that women in New York have less legal protection than she imagined. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqXnqtIjKjQ#t=87 The video was produced to support the … Read more…

Workplace Bullying: Is it Legal?

There has been lots of media attention lately given to bullying at work and the problem appears to be widespread and growing.  According to a 2010 WBI-Zogby poll, 35% of employees reported being the victims of workplace bullying. The Workplace … Read more…

New York City Law Protecting Pregnant Employees Goes Into Effect

As we anticipated in our prior post, former Mayor Bloomberg did sign the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which went into effect on January 30, 2014. Under the new law, employers with four or more employees will be required to provide … Read more…

Help on the Way for Pregnant NYC Employees

Imagine that you have just become pregnant and your doctor tells you that you should not lift anything heavier than ten pounds. You work in a freight department lifting things all day long. You excitedly tell your boss about the … Read more…

Who Is a Supervisor and Why Does It Matter? Part III

The Supreme Court has issued a decision that may make it more difficult for employees to hold their employers responsible for harassment by mid- or low-level supervisors. On June 24th, the Supreme Court announced its ruling in Vance v. Ball State … Read more…

Who Is a Supervisor and Why Does It Matter? New York City version

Our recent blog post discussed the Vance v. Ball State University case, which the Supreme Court is currently deciding under federal anti-discrimination law. Here in New York City, where we practice, the local anti-discrimination law views these cases very differently. … Read more…