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Women face many sex-based challenges in the workplace, especially pregnant women.  In the podcast “Pregnant then Screwed, American Style,” New York pregnancy discrimination lawyer Jack Tuckner discusses the challenges facing pregnant working women during and after pregnancy. He explores the many facets of this relentless form of sex discrimination and offers empowering guidance and tips for protecting yourself, your job and your income at a time in your life when you can’t afford to get…
By Saswat Pattanayak Shirley Chisholm became the first black Congresswoman in 1968 and shocked voters again when she sought the Democratic nomination for presidency four years later. She went beyond the gender and racial identities while saying –    “I stand before you today as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States. I am not the candidate of Black America, although I am black and proud. I am not the…
Before fling your complaint in federal or state court—or with a federal administrative agency (EEOC)—or state workplace discrimination agency, make sure you’ve documented your pregnancy claims to your employer, and that you know what your goals are, as each filing choice will have consequences and may limit your negotiating flexibility. Note: I was not mindful of the 60 minute podcast limited so it cuts off at the end. Please let me know your questions here…
I mentioned in a video here last week that if you work for any employer in New York City and you’re pregnant, you’re entitled to flexibility throughout your pregnancy and even after your pregnancy, when you return, in terms of lactation issues, because New York City has the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Again, the most comprehensive pregnancy discrimination law in the country. But even if you work outside of New York City, in New York…
If you’re a pregnant employee working for any company in the United States with at least 15 employees, you’re entitled to maternity leave. You’re entitled to a reasonable period of time after your baby is born to recover from childbirth and get back to work. It doesn’t matter if you’re not eligible for a Family and Medical Leave Act leave, and many employers will tell employees that unfortunately because you don’t qualify for the FMLA…
I was pleased to have been interviewed recently by TV station CGTN about the Harvey Weinstein trial (https://youtu.be/6zCpahhDuzw), and the openness of jurors today to believing women in sexual assault cases.  With the “Me Too” movement, juries today are much more open to believing women, and they are outraged when credible evidence is presented that a sexual assault has taken place. In the past, jurors often didn’t believe the women who were the…
If you are a woman and illegally being paid less than a man performing substantially equal work at your company, it will be important to understand your rights to seek compensation for this illegal treatment. Before discussing the time period by which a claim must be filed, it’s important to understand what should be done in order to be in the best position for prevailing in your claim. As women’s rights in the workplace lawyers,…
Attention, New York employees—this new Equal Pay Law’s a game-changer!  This past summer (2019) New York state expanded its Pay Equity Law, making it illegal to pay someone less based on all “characteristics” including race, religion, disability or gender identity, etc. New York State (and New York City) also passed a salary history ban, so starting in 2020, no longer may a prospective employer ask about your salary history (which has historically only served…