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March 2015 Archives

FMLA protections for same-sex spouses blocked by federal court

A new Labor Department rule expanding job protections for same-sex spouses was set to take effect on March 27, but a federal judge has blocked the rule's implementation. Specifically, the change would extend Family and Medical Leave Act protections to employees in same-sex marriages, regardless of whether they live in a state that doesn't recognize same-sex marriage.

Helping domestic violence victims who have faced discrimination

Domestic violence can be utterly devastating to a person. It can leave them physically hurt, deeply emotionally wounded and feeling like their entire life has been turned upside down. Thus, the last thing a domestic violence victim needs is to also have to face employment-related problems.

Update: Former executive's discrimination suit settled by New York Mets

Back in September 2014, we began discussing a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed by a former ticket sales executive with the New York Mets. The lawsuit stated specifically that the team's chief operating officer teased and humiliated the woman on multiple occasions because she wasn't married but was having a baby. This mistreatment, the lawsuit alleged, sometimes occurred in front of other male executives.

Pregnancy discrimination law held up in New York legislature

An important thing to understand about employment law is that workplace discrimination is addressed differently by different pieces of legislation on the federal, state and city levels. For example, the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy, but the law applies only to workplaces with 15 or more employees.

When does an employee have grounds for a workplace retaliation claim?

Federal, state and city anti-discrimination laws protect employees in New York from retaliation by employers. Illegal workplace retaliation can take many forms, not all of which are obvious. Following are some ways in which employees may be illegally retaliated against:

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