Tag Archives: New York City

Mixed Messages on LGBT Protections

NYC Guidelines Strengthen Transgender Protections in Employment; NC Law Eliminates Local LGBT Protections Altogether.  Confused, Anyone? I don’t envy employers these days. It ain’t easy staying on top of all of the federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations out there at the moment. And if you’re an employer with employees in multiple states across our great country, forget about it. (On second thought, don’t forget about it, just delegate figuring that mess out to your favorite employment lawyer.) Case-in-point, the many and varied laws out there regarding the protections afforded LGBT employees.

Calling all Office Romeos…to Sexual Harassment Training

In television courtroom drama style, all over the legal news this past week we’ve seen updates from the trial in Marchuk v. Faruqi & Faruqi (Case No. 1:13-cv-01669, S.D.N.Y), a case brought by a junior female associate against her former law firm.  In an ode to what we would like to think as “days [long] gone by,” the associate alleged that in the few months she was employed with the firm, a firm partner engaged in repeated sexual harassment of her and then sexually assaulted her at the firm holiday party.  Faruqi defended on the grounds that all sexual interaction …

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Trending: The Unemployed as a Protected Class

As reported at the time, President Obama’s 2011 jobs bill included a proposal to prohibit discrimination on the basis of a job applicant’s status as unemployed. The proposal identified discrimination toward the long term unemployed as a contributing factor to the nation’s staggering unemployment statistics. In essence, the proposal would have made the unemployed a protected class in the same manner that race, religion and sex are now. Although the jobs bill has since languished, similar proposals are trending. Whether discrimination towards the unemployed is a problem is debatable. Data suggesting the unemployed are subject to widespread and systematic discrimination …

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