Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation

In early 2022, New York State entered S.812B/A.2035B into law, which amended the New York State Human Rights Law, N.Y. Executive Law § 296, to require a statewide toll-free, confidential hotline (the “Hotline”) for the lodging of complaints of sexual harassment in the workplace.  On July 19, 2022, Governor Hochul announced the launch of the

On March 14, 2022, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued a new technical assistance document (the “Guidance”) addressing the interplay between existing federal employment discrimination principles involving caregivers to situations specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has presented unique challenges for employees juggling competing job and caregiving demands.  The Guidance supplements earlier

On June 15, 2020, in a 6-3 decision, the United States Supreme Court made clear that employers may not discriminate against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  Specifically, the Court held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act’s prohibition against discrimination on the basis of “sex” includes discrimination on the

New York CPLR Section 7515, passed in 2018, prohibits mandatory arbitration of “any allegation or claim of discrimination.”  Last week, Chief Judge Colleen McMahon of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York became the second federal judge to conclude that this state ban on arbitration of discrimination claims contravenes the

During the end of 2019 and in the past few weeks, New York State and New York City passed legislation and administrative guidance further regulating workplace protections.  New York State and New York City employers should update their policies/practices accordingly and remain vigilant in this ever-changing legal landscape.

New York State Releases Additional Guidance on