Discrimination in Employment

World Mental Health Day

Today marks the 25th World Mental Health Day, an international day of awareness created by the World Federation of Mental Health to educate the public on important issues related to mental health. This year’s theme is Mental Health in the Workplace, so we’ve decided to participate by providing information to employers on their obligations under Read more

Last month, Illinois amended its Human Rights Act (IHRA) (775 ILCS 5/) to clarify the protection of employees’ sincerely held religious beliefs in the workplace. Individuals were already protected from discrimination based on religion but the amended statute, known as the “Religious Garb Law” (SB 1697), makes certain protections more explicit. The new law prohibits Read more

The ADEA & Disparate Impact The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits employment discrimination against persons over the age of forty. One way an employee can demonstrate age discrimination is by showing that a specific employer policy or practice has a “disparate impact” on members of the protected class. For example, a particular hiring Read more

Earlier this year, the Department of Health and Human Services finalized a rule under the Affordable Care Act Section 1557. The aim of the new rule is to provide guidance for enforcing the anti-discrimination provisions. Under the Affordable Care Act, discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability is prohibited. Read more

During the 2016 Delaware legislative session, two new bills relating to employment discrimination were enacted. Both laws, which amend the Delaware Code, are scheduled to go into effect December 30, 2016. Under H.B. 316, an employer cannot discriminate with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment against an employee because of a reproductive health Read more

Maryland has amended its Equal Pay for Equal Work law giving more workers protection from wage discrimination. Under existing law, employers are prohibited from discriminating in the payment of wages between employees of the opposite sex who work in the “same establishment” and “perform work of comparable character or work in the same operation, in Read more

The Attorney General’s Office of Massachusetts has recently released an updated Fair Employment posting that includes information on two new laws. All employers with six or more employees are protected under the Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 151B and are required to replace any outdated postings. As previously mentioned in our blog, the Massachusetts Domestic Workers’ Read more