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New York State Prohibits Discrimination Based on Hairstyle

On July 12, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill amending New York State’s Human Rights Law by prohibiting racial discrimination based on “traits historically associated with race,” such as natural hair texture and hairstyles including, but not limited to, as braids, locks and twists.  The purpose behind this amendment is to remove […]

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The Evolving Legal Landscape of Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation

In the United States, federal and state laws differ with respect to whether they explicitly prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. The state of New York has prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation since 2003. But the federal law governing employment discrimination, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, […]

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Court Defines “Supervisor”

The U.S. Supreme Court recently handed out a long-awaited ruling that should serve as good news for employers. The high court ruled that only someone with the power to take “tangible employment action” against a subordinate can be considered a “supervisor” in Title VII discriminations cases (race, sex, age, religion, disability, etc.), making it more […]

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New York City Amends Its Human Rights Law to Prohibit Discrimination Against Unemployed Persons

Effective June 11, 2013, the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) will prohibit discrimination against unemployed persons.  Notwithstanding strong protests from employers and the mayor’s office, the NYC Council overrode Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of the amendment on March 13, 2013. The amendment prohibits employers with four or more workers operating in New York City […]

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