The problem of sexual harassment in the workplace has been the subject of many of our blog posts, including this one regarding a potential class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Agriculture Department's Forest Service. Illegal harassment in the workplace is not always sexual, however.
Since the 1990s, discrimination against federal employees based on their sexual orientation has been prohibited. However, up until recently, the protections didn't extend to federal workers who identify as transgender. As we discussed in our previous post -- "President may issue executive order on workplace harassment" -- President Obama decided to take matters into his own hands and broaden protections for LGBT workers.
As many New Yorkers can attest, harassment and discrimination in the workplace are serious issues. In fact, President Barack Obama has asked his staff to compile an executive order regarding discrimination in the workplace against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of federal contractors, which could affect as many as 16 million employees.
A woman who was once a Chanel employee in New York is fighting an international anti-discrimination battle against fashion giant Prada. The case is a prime example of the type of legal action that may be necessary to protect against harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
We established this blog to discuss employment law issues that are relevant to New Yorkers. Whether it's a case of harassment, workplace discrimination, retaliation, wrongful firing or a wage dispute, we'll be covering stories that we hope you find interesting.