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October 2016 Archives

Courts may clarify discrimination laws for employers

Despite public attitudes toward employment protection for LGBT workers in New Jersey and around the country, there is current no federal legislation that provides it. Instead, these workers are granted partial protection at the state or city level or through court rulings and executive orders. A 1995 executive order made it illegal for federal workers to be discriminated against based on their sexual orientation or gender, and President Obama has issued an executive order making it illegal for government contractors to discriminate based on those attributes.

Discrimination and harassment in the tech field

New Jersey women who work in the tech industry may have faced discrimination and sexual harassment. Throughout the industry, women report patterns of this type of behavior, and statistics show that few women or African-American employees hold high-level positions at major companies. For example, there are no African-American employees in leadership positions at Twitter or Pinterest, and at Facebook, Apple and Yahoo, the numbers are 3 percent or lower. Nonwhite women report that when they do try to recruit other women of color, they are penalized for doing so.

Litigation financing is a potential tool for New Jersey workers

If an individual doesn't have the financial resources to pursue a legal case, they may not get the best possible outcome. For instance, it may be necessary to settle a case for less than what the plaintiff may deserve. It may also be necessary to forego a lawsuit altogether if an attorney cannot be convinced to take a case that may take months or years to resolve.

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