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Tag Archives: Equal Employment Opportunity

Reminder to NYC Employers: Unemployed in Protected Class Beginning June 11, 2013

Posted in Discrimination
As previously reported, the group of individuals protected by the New York City Human Rights Law ("NYCHRL") has been expanded to cover the status of being "unemployed." The Amendment to the NYCHRL -- which goes into effect June 11, 2013 -- prohibits discrimination against job applicants because they are unemployed. The NYCHRL provides for a private right of action against employers… Continue Reading

What to Expect from the EEOC in 2013

Posted in Discrimination
At the Gibbons Second Annual Employment & Labor Law Conference last month, one panel discussion focused on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's ("EEOC") recent activity and enforcement priorities. Among the panelists were Corrado Gigante, Director of the Newark Area Office of the EEOC, and Gibbons Directors, Christine Amalfe, Kelly Ann Bird and Susan Nardone… Continue Reading

New York City Prohibits Discrimination Against the Unemployed

Posted in Discrimination
New York City has expanded the scope of its Human Rights Law ("NYCHRL") to prohibit job discrimination based upon a job applicant's status as unemployed. The amendments to the NYCHRL define the term "unemployed" to mean someone "not having a job, being available for work, and seeking employment." The amendments, which will become effective on June 11, 2013, are groundbreaking in that they make New York City the first jurisdiction in the United States to provide a private right of action for discrimination based on an applicant's "unemployed" status. If successful in pursuing such claims, denied job applicants may recover compensatory and punitive damages, as well as their attorneys' fees and costs. In light of this, New York City employers should immediately begin preparing for these coming changes by reviewing their hiring practices, as well as their job advertisements and postings… Continue Reading

New Requirements for NJ Employers and for Employers Conducting Business in Newark, NJ

Posted in Discrimination
Beginning November 12, 2012, the State of New Jersey will require employers to post a new "equal pay" notice in the work place, to provide the notice to employees and to obtain an acknowledgment of receipt. Effective November 18, 2012, the City of Newark will impose restrictions on employers conducting hiring in the City with regard to the use of criminal background checks for job applicants… Continue Reading

Employee Participation in Internal Investigation Not Covered by Anti-Retaliation Provision of Title VII, According to Second Circuit

Posted in Discrimination
The Second Circuit, in a case of first impression, ruled that an employee is not protected against retaliation prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ("Title VII") for participating in an investigation of sexual harassment conducted by an employer before a charge of discrimination has been filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"). Although under Title VII, employers are duty-bound to appropriately remedy discrimination and harassment in the workplace uncovered by such investigation, employers in the Second Circuit can breathe a modest sigh of relief that a negative employment action affecting an employee who claims protection under Title VII based on "participating" in an investigation following an internal complaint is not actionable… Continue Reading

The New EEOC Guidance Regarding Criminal Background Checks

Posted in Discrimination
On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Community issued its long awaited Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, updating and clarifying its prior guidance on the subject. The good news? Employers may continue to use criminal background checks as a screening tool for applicants and employees. However, employers are specifically discouraged from asking about a criminal record on the application and are encouraged to conduct an individualized assessment of the applicant/employee when job exclusion occurs because of a criminal record. Employers should review their policies to ensure compliance with the EEOC's latest recommendations… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Recognizes “Ministerial Exception” to Anti-Discrimination Laws

Posted in Discrimination
On January 11, 2012, the United States Supreme Court for the first time recognized the so-called "ministerial exception" to workplace discrimination laws. In Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Court unanimously found that the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment bar wrongful termination suits brought on behalf of "ministers" against their churches. While this decision is helpful for religious group employers, including religious schools and places of worship, the Court left open the important question of which employees actually qualify as a "ministers." Accordingly, the decision may create some confusion for religious group employers going forward… Continue Reading
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