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Blog Posts in July, 2010

NEW YORK GENDER DISCRIMINATION SUIT SETTLES FOR $175 MILLION DOLLARS

A gender discrimination suit against pharmaceutical giant Novartis resulted in a settlement of $175 million. The lawsuit, on behalf of Novartis' female sales staff alleged that the company ...
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PAY DISCRIMINATION REMAINS A MAJOR WORKPLACE ISSUE

President Obama and other officials at the White House gave their support to the Paycheck Fairness Act. The Act will require businesses to inform the government about the payment of their employees as ...
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NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE

The City of New York City will pay a total of $300,000 to two police officers settling a sexual harassment lawsuit filed in connection with their claims of sexual harassment by a male supervisor. An ...
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THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT TAKES ON EMPLOYER LIABILITY

The cat's paw theory, as applied in employment law, allows employers to be held liable when an individual with a discriminatory animus influences the decision of another with no discriminatory animus. ...
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HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTIONS IN NEW YORK UNDER THE DOMESTIC WORKERS BILL OF RIGHTS

New York became the first state to enact legislation granting workplace rights to domestic workers, passing the Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights on July 1, 2010. The bill was passed in part due to a ...
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NEW YORK CITY LAW FIRM IN OVERTIME COMPENSATION SUIT

A complaint has recently been filed in federal court alleging that a major New York law firm violated federal labor laws when the firm failed to properly compensate him for overtime work. The ...
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THE GENETIC INFORMATION NON-DISCRIMINATION ACT AND SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES

In 2008, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act ("GINA") was passed, with the stated goal of "prohibit[ing] discrimination on the basis of genetic information with respect to health insurance ...
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EMPLOYER LIABILITY IN DISCRIMINATION CASES IN NEW YORK CITY

The scope of an employer's liability has recently and dramatically increased in order to protect sexually harassed employees. Holdings in the New York federal district court cases Padmore v. LC Play, ...
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CONGRESS CONSIDERS AMENDING THE AGE DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT ACT

An employee ranked in the top third to fifth percentile in his annual review and eventually rose to become Administration Vice-President in a state governmental agency. After being demoted in 2000 and ...
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MEDICAL STATUS DISCRIMINATION AS A CAUSE OF ACTION

An employment discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart was recently filed after the Plaintiff was terminated because a drug test found marijuana in his system. The plaintiff has a prescription to use ...
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