September is the final month of the fiscal year for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the rest of the federal government. Therefore, there tend to be a spike of cases filed by the agency on behalf of New Jersey residents and others throughout the country. In 2017, there were 86 cases filed during the month of September, and many were claims of disability and sex discrimination. That was the largest number of cases filed at the end of a fiscal year since 2011.
Deciding when to have a family or expand your existing one can be difficult. There are a lot of factors to consider, including expenses, parenting time and, of course, your career. Maybe you have been planning this pregnancy or perhaps it was a wonderful surprise. Regardless, you've decided the time is right, and you're going to have a baby. Now you have to worry about what will happen with your job.
When it comes to employment opportunities, black and Latino individuals are getting fewer callbacks from employers compared to white applicants. This could have several negative consequences for New Jersey residents and others in the United States. As one might imagine, getting fewer calls generally results in getting fewer jobs. It may also mean taking lower quality jobs, which could have a negative impact on a person's career.
While New Jersey law prohibits discrimination against employees on the basis of sexual orientation, this protection may not be available in all states. On July 26, the Department of Justice filed an amicus brief in a discrimination case in New York arguing that the prohibition against sex discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does not include a prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Wage discrimination is not only an issue for women. In New Jersey and throughout the country, it affects other groups including men, members of the LGBTQ community, minorities and older people.
When dealing with a case of employment discrimination in New Jersey, one potential factor to keep in mind is constructive discharge. Constructive discharge generally refers to employees who have resigned from their job in circumstances in which they had no other choice but to leave their employment.
Health care workers in New Jersey must cope with demanding, high-stakes environments, and female physicians often must operate in workplaces hostile to their needs, especially if they have children. When university researchers reached out to the online Physicians Moms Group, they received responses from nearly 6,000 women in a variety of health care specialties and workplaces.
Employees in New Jersey should be aware that they are protected against religious discrimination even if they do not belong to one of the major world faiths. In addition to protecting people who follow lesser-known religions, laws against religious discrimination also protect atheists.
New Jersey readers may be interested to learn that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that it is legal to refuse to hire someone because they have dreadlocks. The lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of an Alabama woman.
New Jersey workers may be interested in learning that a disproportionate percentage of workplace discrimination claims are filed by the disabled population. According to a recent report put out by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), more than 30 percent of workplace discrimination claims in 2016 involved charges of disability-based discrimination.