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Category: Religious

Anti-Harassment Laws in New York Are Getting Stricter

New York State continues to lead the charge in enacting expansive discrimination protections for employees.  In its latest move, the State passed a law which the Governor signed extending broad anti-harassment protections to employees of …

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Retaliation Still Rocking First Place for EEOC Charges Filed

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), the federal watchdog for employment discrimination claims, released their long awaited charge statistics for fiscal year 2018.  As we have written the last three years, retaliation claims continue to …

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Title VII Discrimination Claims Can Go Straight to Federal Court Rules Supreme Court

On Monday, June 3, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled federal courts can hear discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act even if they are not first brought to the U.S. Equal …

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How To Avoid Lawsuits While Protecting Employees During Measles Outbreak

Originally published in the Rockland County Business Journal, May 2019.   As an employer, you feel responsible to prevent the spread of measles in the workplace. But the last thing you want is legal backlash.  Here’s …

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EEOC Issues Harassment Guidance For Public Comment

In January, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), the federal watch dog charged with enforcing anti-discrimination laws, issued proposed new harassment guidance seeking input from the public.  The public comment period ended March 21, 2017. …

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“Clean-Shaven” Policy May Not Be So Clean

Religious dress and grooming practices became news late last year when popular clothing store Hollister (an Abercrombie & Fitch brand) fired a Muslim employee for wearing a hijab, an Islamic religious headscarf.  Initially, the employee …

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Supreme Court Holds “Ministers” Cannot Bring Employment Discrimination Suits, But Who is a Minister?

Last week, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the First Amendment protects a religious institution’s autonomy to choose its ministers, placing these decisions beyond the reach of employment discrimination statutes.  The case, Hosanna-Tabor …

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