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Tag Archives: Workplace Issues

Workplace Issues: Plaintiff can sue for pay disparities under Title VII: No need for ‘equal work’ comparator

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Second Circuit decided Lenzi v. Systemax, Inc. on Dec. 6, 2019 (18-979). Plaintiff was Director of Risk Management who repeatedly complained she was not compensated like other male department heads. In April 2013, plaintiff made a business trip to California, ...

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Workplace Issues: Second Circuit concludes Trump blocking Twitter dissenters violates First Amendment

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President Donald J. Trump appeals from a judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, concluding that he engaged in unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination by using Twitters “blocking” function to limit certain user’s access to ...

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Workplace Issues: Lawsuit accuses faculty members of ‘egregious sexual misconduct’

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Two ex-John Jay College of Criminal Justice students have filed a New York Federal suit accusing four faculty members of egregious sexual misconduct and the school of conducting only a “sham” investigation into their complaints. (1:19-cv-05428, SDNY). The students said ...

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Workplace Issues: Second Circuit reverses on definition of retaliation

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The Second Circuit has held that the district court’s dismissal of Plaintiff’s retaliation claim on summary judgment should be reversed since the district court employed an incorrect definition of materially adverse action. The circuit court refers to the SCOTUS decision ...

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Workplace Issues: Second Circuit reverses summary judgment and allows plaintiff a jury trial on claim of national origin

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated an employment discrimination case, concluding that the jury may find the plaintiff was terminated from his position because of his national origin, which is Egyptian. The key evidence in this case is ...

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Workplace Issues: NYC discrimination guidance focuses on hairstyles & race

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New York City’s Commission on Human Rights is putting employers on notice that banning or restricting hairstyles that are associated with black people is a form of racial discrimination. The Commission protects New Yorkers’ rights to wear their natural hair ...

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Workplace Issues: 2nd Circuit holds that abuse of a restricted database by a sergeant is not retaliation

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The Court of Appeals has held that a corrections officer who exposed a sergeant’s abuse of a restricted police database to spy on his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend can be retaliated against for his speech act because the law was not ...

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Workplace Issues: Under-paid, under-promoted and subjected to sexual harassment: EEOC charge

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Could this still be happening? Sexual harassment rarely exists by itself; rather, it is an intersectional claim of discrimination, meaning that pay equity claims and other types of unlawful discrimination usually are part of a larger scope of actionable events. ...

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