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September 2015 Archives

Companies can't afford to ignore challenges faced by LGBT employees

In the United States, workers are protected against suffering acts of discrimination and harassment due to their gender, sexual orientation, race, national origin, religion, age or disability. While federal employment laws like Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 don't explicitly protect individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity, in recent years several successful lawsuits have been filed by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees claiming workplace harassment and discrimination.

Under new law, Human Rights Commission required to dispatch fake job applicants

In addition to federal and state laws banning discrimination against certain groups with regard to employment, housing and public accommodations; New York City has taken additional steps to stomp out discrimination. For residents in New York City, regulatory policies and related penalties are outlined in the New York City Human Rights Law.

Workplace harassment and discrimination—the importance of taking action

From sexually-explicit and racist comments to physical threats and acts of bullying; workers in every industry, position and pay scale may report being victims of workplace harassment and discrimination. While state and federal laws exist banning these types of acts, they can only be enforced if an individual comes forward and reports the abuses they've suffered.

New York City employers banned from running credit checks on job applicants

According to the New York City Economic Development Corporation, as of the end of July, the city's private and government employers are responsible for the employment of more than 4.2 million workers. Within recent years, competition among businesses for the most-qualified job candidates resulted in a vetting process that some argued was becoming increasingly burdensome and discriminatory in nature.

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