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July 2017 Archives

New law offers protections for transgender students, employees

Governor Christie has passed a new law aimed at creating protections for transgender individuals attending New Jersey schools. While the bill does have its fair share of detractors, it is an important step forward in recognizing transgender rights and moving the state's academic and professional communities toward more inclusive support of individual rights.

B&H faces employee protests over warehouse relocation

A New York organization has partnered with employees of B&H Photo to protest an upcoming move that may mean hundreds of employees losing their jobs. Not only does B&H have a history of complaints about worker treatment, the planned move of some warehouses from New York to New Jersey may violate labor laws.

Lawmakers approve back pay for government workers

The recent government shutdown here in New Jersey may have come and gone for the rest of the country, but for our government workers, the lost time will translate directly to lost pay, at least for now. It also serves to highlight an often-overlooked issue for government workers — in the event of a shutdown, what are they supposed to do about the lost time they won't be paid for?

The outsized impact of smart phones on safe driving

The right way to handle smart phones has eluded lawmakers and safety experts for some time. The devices went from novel to ubiquitous relatively quickly. In 2016, 77 percent of Americans owned a smart phone. Many of those Americans cannot or do not resist the temptation to use their phones while driving. Recent research suggests that even drivers who lay their phones aside when they drive might still be at an increased risk of getting into an accident.

Employment Discrimination And Pregnancy

Women face levels of workplace harassment and employment abuses that most men simply don't understand. Even basic concepts like "equal pay for equal work" are routinely violated by employers. Sexual harassment, the glass ceiling, discriminatory dress codes and other practices serve to hold women back from equal participation in the workforce. A recent case highlighted another form of discrimination that some female employees are forced to reckon with: pregnancy discrimination.

AT&T faces age discrimination lawsuit

Usually, when the public discusses workplace discrimination, they are referring to some type of unfair treatment against a certain race, religion, sexual orientation or gender. However, while these are some of the most common types of discrimination in the workplace today, they are by no means the only types of discrimination that can occur. Communications giant AT&T recently received a class action lawsuit alleging that their new emphasis on staffing with technologically capable individuals operates on a discriminatory bias.

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