New York law already prohibits sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination, but it was not until this 2020 decision that federal law has included both of these categories of people in its definition of “sex” discrimination in employment and elsewhere. Now, NYC employers who discriminate against LGBTQ employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identities violate NY state, NY city and federal law. LGBTQ employees around the country can enforce their newfound rights through filing EEOC “charges” as well as through private lawsuits.
A rebuke of sexism in Congress from AOC has opened up a necessary conversation in the larger society. Rep. Ted Yoho has been removed from the board of Christian charity over the incident and Twitter is inundated with personal accounts of women who report how they were not raised by their families to object to the men of their households.
Pregnant employees face a unique set of pregnancy-related stressors as they anticipate giving birth. Many pregnant women understandably experience anxiety regarding job security. Despite federal, state and local governments passing laws that protect pregnant employees, we still have a long way to go before pregnant employees feel entirely safe and empowered in the workplace.
Despite making numerous gains in the last 30 years, women still face significant challenges in the workplace. Here are eight laws that protect women in the workplace.
US Supreme Court has ruled that federal sex discrimination protections extend to gay and transgender workers, making it clear that employees cannot be fired under federal law simply because of their gender identity or sexual orientation.