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Sharon Fast Gustafson was sworn in today as General Counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She becomes the first woman to serve as General Counsel at the EEOC.
A case she is known for is representing an employee in a pregnancy discrimination case. It went to the U.S. Supreme Court which held that employers should provide the same reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees as are offered to other employees with similar restrictions.
Alf Clausen, longtime composer of The Simpsons, has filed a lawsuit alleging age discrimination and #discrimination based on a perceived disability. Mr. Clausen was terminated after a 27-year career composing music for the show and says he was replaced by someone younger and not disabled. It’s not uncommon to see older employees being replaced by younger counterparts, and the reasons for the change are often discriminatory.
Age discrimination is a real issue in this country. We see it even at top companies like Google who just paid $11m to more than 200 job-seekers who were over 40 when they applied in order to settle a lawsuit alleging age discrimination in its hiring practices.
On July 26th, 1990 the US Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which prohibits #discrimination in employment, public services, public accommodations, and telecommunications on the basis of a person’s disability.
We appreciate everyone involved in the legislation that now bans discrimination based on natural hairstyles in New York!
“For much of our nation’s history, people of color — particularly women — have been marginalized and discriminated against simply because of their hair style or texture…By signing this bill into law, we are taking an important step toward correcting that history and ensuring people of color are protected from all forms of discrimination.” – Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Did you know that the United States is one of only 2 countries in the industrialized United States that doesn’t offer its citizens any type of paid family leave? The ramifications of having no paid family leave can detrimentally effect many aspects of someone’s life. Check out the Zero Weeks documentary to learn more.
Insults, taunting, or ethnic epithets at work, such as making fun of a person’s foreign accent or saying “go back to where you came from” are discriminatory and harassing. No one should have to put up with this anywhere, and if it happens at work, call a lawyer.
The rights of trans and gender-nonconforming people in the U.S. are starting to get more attention. Activists say limited job opportunities and lack of clear protection from workplace discrimination have helped marginalize transgender people and hurt them financially.
In Colorado, transgender employees are protected from discrimination based on “transgender status or another individual’s perception thereof.”
Love seeing this great work coming out of King & Greisen LLP! Not only does this ruling protect one transgender prisoner’s rights, it’s also causing major policy changes at the state level that will protect those that come after her.
The attorneys and clients arguing for equal protection for LGBTQ+ workers in front of the Supreme Court started filing their opening briefs at the start of July. The right outcome is one that will increase protections for all employees. We have our eyes on this one.