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Taking Center Stage: The Workplace Rights of Trans Employees

In recent years, transgender people and their legal rights have finally begun to take their rightful place in the public consciousness after being vilified, ignored, and erased for far too long. Unlike traditional gender- or race-based prejudice, many Americans still feel comfortable holding consciously transphobic perspectives. Just yesterday, for example, a lawyer representing a transgender [...]

Employer Who Failed to Protect Employee From Racist Customer to Face Trial

An employer’s duty to protect its employees from racial or sexual harassment on the job isn’t limited to harassment committed by supervisors or co-workers.  In some circumstances, an employer can be liable for harassment committed by customers, vendors, or other people an employee might encounter in the workplace, if the employer exercises sufficient control over [...]

Beranbaum Menken Files Landmark Infertility Treatment Coverage Lawsuit on Behalf of New Jersey Women in Same-Sex Relationships

New Jersey law requires insurance companies to extend coverage for medically-indicated infertility treatment to women who qualify as infertile under what is referred to as the New Jersey Infertility Mandate. Despite the existence of myriad diagnostic tools and techniques by which a fertility specialist may diagnose infertility independent of heterosexual intercourse, a woman may only [...]

Beranbaum Menken Files Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

Tiffany Kantrowitz, a Procter & Gamble (“P&G”) employee, sold Dolce and Gabbana beauty products at a makeup counter at Saks 5th Avenue in Manhattan.  When she became pregnant in October 2014, she began to have brief spells of nausea and dizziness.  P&G repeatedly thwarted her requests to simply sit down for a few minutes while working [...]

SUPREME COURT LEAVES (MOST) PREGNANCY ACCOMMODATION CASES TO THE JURY

Getting pregnant and raising children isn’t something American employment law does much to encourage. The right to pregnancy leave is a meager 12 weeks and only covers larger employers, and, alone among industrialized nations, is unpaid. The pay disparity between men and women is largely the product of women being penalized for taking time off [...]

Interns Now Protected Under The New York City Human Rights Law

As we’ve discussed here before, most interns are really illegally unpaid employees.  But until now, a bona-fide intern, one who is not in reality an employee, was not protected by the New York City Human Rights Law (HRL).  That meant interns might be considered fair game for sexual harassment, might be denied a reasonable accommodation [...]

Pregnant Women in NYC Get Accommodations Starting Today!

We’ve written before about the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which requires employers with 4+ employees to provide pregnant workers with reasonable accommodations for their pregnancy, child-birth, or pregnancy/child-birth related medical conditions (like, say, gestational diabetes). Such accommodations might include more frequent breaks, not having to lift heavy things for a few months, or taking some [...]

Age Discrimination on the Rise

If any more confirmation was needed that age discrimination is virulent, the New York Times has published a couple of articles this summer showing the difficulties older workers face. In an article from July 22, 2013, the Times reported that according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it typically takes an older person who [...]