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Employer Liability for Offensive Racist Comments

In an important decision for workers and employers throughout the Garden State, the New Jersey Supreme Court decided that derogatory racial terms have no place at work and that these comments, if made by a supervisor, are even more egregious.The case, filed by a terminated worker against his former supervisor and employer, Meda Pharmaceutical, alleges […]

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Does Gender Identity Affect Income?

Gender Discrimination

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is designed to protect employees and job applicants from discrimination in the workplace. Specifically, Title VII prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, age, and other protected characteristics. When Title VII was first established, gender identity was not a common term. Nowadays, the lesbian, gay, […]

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EEOC to Update Manual on Religious Discrimination in the Workplace

In mid-November 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued preliminary revisions to the Compliance Manual on Religious Discrimination. The proposed revisions reflect decisions from various employment discrimination court cases that have taken place over the past decade or so since it was last revised. The public can view and offer input on the updates, […]

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Why Do Workers with Disabilities Still Experience Wage Discrimination?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), only 19.1 percent of disabled adults have jobs. Many disabled workers only earn substandard wages in the range of $2.15 an hour. Surprisingly, it is federal law that creates a loophole, making low pay possible and legal. Poverty is a real and pressing issue for the disabled […]

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Top Rutgers Athletics Official Accused of Discrimination and Bullying

A Rutgers University athletic official is facing backlash due to two complaints citing discrimination and bullying. Those close to the official claimed that he created an abusive environment at work. There were also reports of racial discrimination. According to six witnesses, the athletic official had former complaints regarding his abusive behavior toward staff. In fact, […]

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Hair Discrimination Bill or CROWN Act Becomes Law in New Jersey

Governor Phil Murphy signed off on the bill that prohibits hair discrimination in the state of New Jersey. He gave final approval to the bill, otherwise known as the CROWN Act or Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act, on Thursday, December 19, 2019. The law augments the race discrimination laws in […]

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Lawmakers Propose Bill Banning Discrimination Involving Hairstyles

On Monday, lawmakers in New Jersey proposed a bill that bans discrimination focused on hairstyles and hair textures. The New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee voted unanimously on the bill, which will offer protection to individuals of color and others who may contend with discrimination that targets hairstyles. The particulars of the bill will be classified […]

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Mount Laurel Teacher Forced Out of Job Due to Discrimination

 

A Mount Laurel, New Jersey teacher filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging she was discriminated against based on her race, creating a hostile work environment so severe she left her teaching position. The teacher, who is African American, stated in her lawsuit the treatment at the hands of her coworkers was repeatedly offensive and […]

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