New York State Amends Workplace Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Laws

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On March 16, 2022, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law three amendments to the State’s workplace anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws, expanding harassment and discrimination protections under the New York State Human Rights Law (“NYSHRL”). Retaliation for Releasing Personnel Files Effective immediately, the NYSHRL’s definition of retaliation was amended to include “disclosing an employee’s … Read more

President Biden Signs the End of Mandatory Arbitration of Sexual Harassment and Assault Claims in the Workplace

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As anticipated, on March 3, 2022, President Biden signed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021.  The law takes effect immediately. As we previously reported, Congress passed the law in February which allows employees who previously entered into agreements requiring all employment disputes to be arbitrated to be entitled … Read more

Congress Passes the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021

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Congress recently passed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021, which invalidates arbitration agreements that preclude a party from filing a lawsuit in court involving sexual assault or sexual harassment, at the election of the party alleging such conduct.  President Biden is expected to sign it into law soon.   … Read more

Webinar on April 8th: How Has COVID-19 Impacted EEO Laws?

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Here is our upcoming webinar for @work with ALG subscribers. Webinar: How COVID-19 Has Impacted EEO Laws Webinar Date: April 8, 2021 Webinar Time: 8:30am – 9:15am(Webinar presentation 30 minutes with 15 minutes for Q &A) In response to COVID-19, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated and/or provided guidance related to the current employment … Read more

Webinar on April 8th: How COVID-19 has Impacted EEO Laws?

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In response to COVID-19, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated and/or provided guidance related to the current employment concerns specific to the pandemic. This webinar for @work with ALG subscribers will review and guide employers through these changes and how they affect the workplace. Registration links are being emailed directly to @work subscribers. … Read more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Title VII Protects LGBTQ Employees

Submitted by Ali Law Group PC on June 18, 2020 The United States Supreme Court issued a landmark decision on June 15, 2020, in the case of Bostock v. Clayton County, ruling that the prohibitions against discrimination “because of sex” contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) extend to … Read more

New Jersey Bans Discrimination Based on Hair

Submitted by Ali Law Group PC on December 26, 2019 On December 19, 2019, New Jersey enacted legislation which amends the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination’s (“NJLAD”) to make clear that hairstyle discrimination is included in the existing prohibition on race-based discrimination. The amendment became effective immediately and follows similar legislation passed in New York … Read more

New York State Prohibits Discrimination Based on Reproductive Health Decisions

Submitted by Ali Law Group PC on December 5, 2019 Effective immediately, New York State prohibits employment discrimination based on an employee’s or a dependent’s “reproductive health decision-making.” The New York State Legislature passed the bill in January, 2019 and Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed it into law.  The law, which amends the New York … Read more

New Class Action Lawsuits Claim Businesses Must Supply Gifts Cards with Braille

Submitted by Ali Law Group PC on November 12, 2019 Recently, there has been a surge of class action lawsuits brought against businesses claiming discrimination against the visually impaired and blind for failure to provide gift cards with Braille information on them.  Specifically, it has been reported that since October 24, 2019, over 100 putative class … Read more

NYC Human Rights Law Expanded to Protect Independent Contractors and Freelancers

Submitted by Ali Law Group PC on October 16, 2019 The New York City Council recently passed a law that will expand the New York City Human Rights Law to cover independent contractors and freelancers. The law will become effective January 11, 2020. Specifically, the anti-discrimination and retaliation provisions of the New York City Human … Read more

New York Prohibits Hair Discrimination in the Workplace and Schools

Submitted by Ali Law Group PC on July 29, 2019 On July 12, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed S.6209A/A.7797A into law, which prohibits employers and school officials from discriminating against individuals based on hairstyle or hair texture. The bill took effect immediately upon enactment. Specifically, the law amends the definition of race, as it is used in … Read more

U.S. District Court Holds New York Law Prohibiting Mandatory Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Claims is Invalid

In April, 2018, Governor Cuomo signed the New York State Budget bill that included legislation focused on combating sexual harassment in the workplace.  Among the provisions in the law, was a statewide prohibition against employment agreements that require the mandatory arbitration of sexual harassment claims.  On June 26, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the … Read more