The Boy Scouts of America has recently come under fire after the New York attorney general's office opened an inquiry as to whether the group discriminated against gays in their hiring practices. The inquiry stems from a national board ruling which excludes gay Boy Scout leaders 18 years of age or older. Previously, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Boy Scouts have a constitutional right to exclude gays.
Discrimination in the workplace can take on many forms. Some are easy to recognize, but others may not be immediately noticeable. Employment protection laws were created during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's to protect employees from workplace discrimination. Employees have the right to work in a safe, harassment-free environment that is free of discrimination.
No New York employee should ever have to deal with sexual harassment while at work. But, determining sexual harassment is not necessarily easy, and employees often refrain from speaking up to avoid confrontations or awkward interactions with peers and superiors in in the workplace. Nonetheless, how do I know if what you are experiencing is even sexual harassment?
New York seeks to legally provide equal opportunities for workers, despite differences in gender, race, religion, age and political beliefs. Regardless, some New York companies may not have the same goals. When employees encounter these exclusive policies and believe they are victims of employment discrimination, labor law and civil rights provide the opportunity to file a discrimination claim as soon as possible after experiencing discriminatory treatment.
New Yorkers work hard. Although most employers appreciate that hard work and value their employees, some do not. Some employers choose to ignore their employees' work and the rights their employees hold under the law. These workers are often shortchanged by being denied proper wages and benefits that are afforded to them by state and federal labor laws. When employee rights are compromised, this is when our Westchester County law firm steps in.
Most New Yorkers believe that discrimination in any form is unacceptable. Unfortunately, discrimination persists in many areas of American life. One of them is the workplace. Fortunately, both the federal and state governments have been addressing employment discrimination in the last few decades, allowing workers to stand up for themselves and to seek redress when they have been discriminated against on the job.
Over the last few years, the minimum wage has been a hotly debated topic around the United States, including in New York. Workers have lobbied for increases, citing the difficulty they have meeting daily living expenses. Many employers counter by arguing that paying more to workers would hurt their businesses and hurt the economy. This impasse has left the federal governments searching for answers. Recently, Swedish retail giant Ikea cemented its reputation for fair treatment by announcing it would increase the minimum wage it pays its own workers.
For several weeks, a 22-year-old pregnant employee was apprehensive every time she reported to work. After a previous miscarriage, she feared that the heavy lifting that her Bronx, New York, thrift shop job entailed posed a threat to her current pregnancy. However, she said she believed a note from her doctor outlining her physical restrictions would address her worries. Unfortunately, the note did not provide the desired outcome.