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?
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the lead agency that administers federal anti-discrimination laws, has publicly announced its preliminary data for Fiscal Year 2018 regarding charges of sexual harassment in the workplace. And while the data are still preliminary, they are striking, perhaps reflecting the growth and influence of the #MeToo movement. In several… Continue reading In #MeToo Era, EEOC Intensifies Focus on Workplace Sexual Harassment
As an employment lawyer, I anxiously awaited the proposed regulations for the New Jersey sick leave law as the law left some unanswered questions regarding carryover and other issues. The proposed regulations have been out for a few weeks now and I have had time to thoroughly digest them Unfortunately for employers, the proposed regulations… Continue reading Proposed Sick Leave Regulations in New Jersey Create More Questions than Answers
In our July 24, 2018 post, we reminded employers that mandatory harassment training was going to be required of all employers in New York. Since that post, the State has issued model training materials that can be found here. Employers are obligated to provide annual “interactive” sexual harassment training for employees. New hires must also… Continue reading UPDATE: NY Clarifies Deadline for Employers to Provide Harassment Training to Employees