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By Saswat Pattanayak Four states have passed laws to prohibit abortion before women learn they are pregnant. 18 states have laws to restrict abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned. In the latest instance, Alabama has banned abortion at every stage of pregnancy, and regardless of rape and incest. There is a punitive component to it as well – doctors who perform abortion will be imprisoned for upto 99 years. The day after Gov. Kay…
By Saswat Pattanayak According to the latest data released by Catalyst on May 1 this year, whereas in the top S&P 500 companies, women comprise almost 44.7% of the workforce, only 5% of women hold any position equivalent to that of a CEO. Likewise, 89% of top earners in the corporations happen to be men. Among the women, women of color are posited to emerge as the majority in the US labor force, by 2060.…
By Saswat Pattanayak Current debates on gender gap disparity are timely. Claudia Goldin, an economist at Harvard argues that women don’t step back from work because they have rich husbands; they have rich husbands. because they step back from work.Indeed, my own acquaintanceship with many mothers of kids who attend elementary schools suggest they have consciously sacrificed their previously held careers in order to look after their children full-time. In many cases, they…
By Jack Tuckner, Esq. This is Jack Tuckner, employment lawyer bearing great news for New Yorkers who are now protected, or soon will be protected, because the New York legislature last month – January 2019 – passed a Gender Expression, Gender Identity Protection Bill that will amend the New York State’s Human Rights Law to protect all binary gender, nonconforming employees, and transgender employees from discriminatory treatment. And the law also amends the New York…
By Jack Tuckner, Esq. How do you protect yourself if you are working in a so-called hostile work environment? First thing is, identify why is it hostile? If its hostile just because your boss is a jerk, a tyrant, a mean-spirited bully, there’s no law against bullying anywhere in the United States, unfortunately. So that’s perfectly legal. But if you identify that the hostility is arising because of something about you as a woman, or…
By Jack Tuckner, Esq. Under federal law, since 2010, women returning from maternity leave who are breastfeeding, nursing parents – are entitled to a clean, private, non-restroom, non-bathroom space in which to express milk; to take a break and to lactate on a similar schedule to what your baby would be doing, nursing, if you were home, two or three times a day. Otherwise, it’s very painful, you can develop mastitis, it may interfere permanently…
By Jack Tuckner, Esq. If you’re experiencing any kind of discriminatory treatment at the workplace because you’re a woman – I want to give you a different way to look at this, because it can be a little counterintuitive. People often think if they complain, if they raise an issue in the workplace, things will get worse, and perhaps they will, if they wait until they either leave, quit, or are fired to raise a…
The most diverse Congress in US history is already making headlines. A record number of 102 women have been sworn into the House to commence their two-year term. Women now comprise 24 percent of all seats – 106 female Democrats and 21 female Republicans. What makes this Congress especially unique is its intersectionality – Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland became the first two Native American women to bag Congressional seats. Rashida Tlaib became the first…
By Jack Tuckner, Esq. There are at least five principle ways that you can be discriminated against at work based on your pregnancy. The first way is just direct discrimination based on your notification of pregnancy, or when your employer notices that you’re pregnant and treats you differently, demotes you, fires you, makes discriminatory statements about your pregnancy, about the coming maternity leave that you’ll be taking, about their perception of your ability to work…
By Jack Tuckner, Esq. This week’s the 40th anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act – the 1978 federal law designed and enacted to protect women who become pregnant while working, from being fired while pregnant and working. And that is historically been a major concern for one half of the population, and it still is. Because pregnancy discrimination is rampant. It’s alive and well in these United States for all kinds of reasons, in part…