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Monday, October 15, 2018

New York’s New Sexual Harassment Laws – What to Know


After a year of sexual harassment scandals, and the explosive growth of the #MeToo movement, state and local governments across the country have been taking action to strengthen and expand local laws guarding against such abuses. New York has been no exception: on April 11, 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a series of measures intended to prevent sexual harassment and close existing loopholes in the law. The law partly went into effect this past summer, and several other parts will continue to be rolled out in the months ahead. Let’s take a look at what employees need to know about their rights under this new law.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

So, Who Gets Sued? Examining Liability for Employment Law Violations Up the Corporate Ladder


This month, the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, answered several questions “certified” to it by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals that are important for certain employees considering bringing a lawsuit against an employer to understand.

That’s a mouthful, so let’s unpack it before we go further, because this post is going to include a lot of legal speak: the Second Circuit Court of Appeals is a federal appellate court. It decides appeals from cases tried in federal district courts. The New York Court of Appeals, meanwhile, is the highest state court in New York, and it reviews decisions from state trial courts. So there is a two-tiered system of justice in which cases brought in federal court proceed federally, while cases brought in state court proceed in the state court system.
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Monday, April 17, 2017

7th Circuit: LGBT Discrimination is Illegal Under the 1964 Civil Rights Act


Last week, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, a federal appellate court tasked with reviewing the decisions of district courts in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, dropped what can legitimately be called a legal bombshell. In Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, the 7th Circuit became the first federal appeals court to find that under the Civil Rights Act (the 1964 law that barred private entities and businesses from discriminating on the basis of sex, race, religion, or national origin) discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals is also illegal.
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