Earlier this year, New Jersey enacted a law to protect breastfeeding employees and require employers to provide certain accommodations to breastfeeding employees. Notably, this law required reasonable accommodations as a general matter but also noted that reasonable accommodation “shall include reasonable break time each day to the employee and a suitable room or other location with… Continue reading NJ Legislation to Expand Accommodations for Breastfeeding Employees Proposed
It’s been a busy month for those keeping an eye on one of the most pressing questions in employment law: whether Title VII, which prohibits sex discrimination in employment, also inherently prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity. Last week, the US Department of Justice argued to the Supreme Court that workplace discrimination on… Continue reading Latest Updates: Title VII and Gender Identity
Today is Tuesday, October 30th, 2018, marking less than a full calendar week until the polls open across the country for the 2018 elections. (This, of course, doesn’t include the many states that offer some form of early voting.) And while “midterm” elections such as this year’s have historically seen lower turnout, a mix of… Continue reading Have You Reviewed Your State’s Voting Leave Laws?
When I get asked about non-discrimination and harassment prevention in the workplace, a significant proportion of these questions focus on race discrimination and sexual harassment. Still, employers should be mindful of other protected characteristics under federal and state law, even if charges and lawsuits on those bases are, statistically speaking, less frequent than others. While… Continue reading Reminder: Religious Discrimination and Harassment Is Still A Serious Issue
Here at our Employment Discrimination blog, we’ve written about the intensifying focus on workplace sexual harassment, in light of the #MeToo movement, at the federal agency level. Laws addressing workplace sexual harassment, however, aren’t the exclusive province of the federal government. Indeed, state and local governments have been quite active in addressing sexual harassment in… Continue reading Delaware Makes Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Mandatory for Employers
The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC), Pennsylvania’s leading agency that investigates and enforces Pennsylvania’s employment discrimination laws, has voted to accept complaints of discrimination from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. Specifically, the PHRC has stated it will interpret complaints alleging workplace discrimination against LGBT individuals to fall under state law prohibiting discrimination on the… Continue reading PHRC Will Accept Discrimination Complaints from LGBT Employees
Unless you’ve been living under a rock in New Jersey, you likely know that paid sick leave will be the law of the land for all New Jersey employers beginning on October 29, 2018. We recently issued an update on the law and included a link to the draft poster that has been issued by… Continue reading Are you ready for New Jersey Sick Leave?