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The U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) announced on April 1, 2019, that it plans to limit the ability of employees to pursue claims against companies based on the actions of their franchise owners or contractors.  While employees could still take legal action against their local franchise holder or contractor, the new proposal would prevent them from including the franchisor as part of

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According to an article published in The New York Times, New York City has announced its intention to take another step forward in protecting individuals from discrimination within city limits.  The New York City Commission on Human Rights released new guidelines on February 18, 2019, that will prohibit discrimination against people because of their hairstyle or hair. While the law applies to

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A story reported by the New York Times in January 2019 involving allegations of sexual abuse and assault is tragic and alarming on its face and should act as a reminder that similarly situated individuals should act to combat these illicit actions as soon as they can. The victim-accuser, Jennifer Glover, is left without a job and seeking compensation for her injuries

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Discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace can take many forms. In some cases, women may be passed over for promotion or refused accommodations simply due to their physical condition. Employers may even fire pregnant women if they complain about adverse treatment. Understanding the various aspects of discrimination against women who become pregnant can help to raise awareness for this serious issue

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A Washington whistleblower is looking for a new job after he was fired for leaking photos of Secretary of Energy Rick Perry hugging an executive of a coal company and the cover sheet of an action plan. Mr. Perry met with Robert Murray, the head of Murray Energy, on March 29, 2017. Simon Edelman was employed as a photographer for the Department

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The Weinstein Company is facing further investigation by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, who is currently determining whether pervasive reports of sexual harassment and misconduct on the part of Harvey Weinstein are reflective of a larger pattern of civil rights infractions and gender discrimination throughout the organization. Schneiderman has issued subpoenas for a wide array of corporate documents related to

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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was intended to extend protections for minorities in the workplace and public accommodations. One of the biggest issues surrounding this historic piece of legislation, however, is the interpretation of the term sex under the Civil Rights Act. Sex can be narrowly interpreted as gender only or in a broader sense include sexual orientation and sexual identity.

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