Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA)

The Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWPA) is an an amendment to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Its purpose is to protect employees from discrimination on the basis of age. This usually means preventing an employer from doing things like firing only older staff members when making cuts or discriminating based on...

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Employment Discrimination and Freelancers

What protections do gig workers have from discrimination?

The number of independent contractors, also referred to as gig workers or freelancers, has risen sharply in the past decade. Independent contractors are contracted to perform work or services for another entity. Employers often consider hiring independent contractors advantageous because these...

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Facebook Job Ads and Age Discrimination

Is it unlawful for Facebook to target certain age groups with job ads?

Facebook is known as a relatively youthful company.  Facebook and many other companies routinely place job ads on social media that target younger employees.  As the internet era makes it easier for companies to attract employees of a certain...

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Employers Can Ban Dreadlocks in the Workplace

Does Title VII protect hairstyles culturally associated with race?

In September, a federal appeals court ruled that an employer has a right to enforce a dress and grooming policy that prohibits employees from wearing their hair in dreadlocks. The case was initially brought in 2013 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against an insurance claims...

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Pregnancy Discrimination

What constitutes pregnancy discrimination?

As of May 6, 2016 the definition of pregnancy discrimination was clarified by the New York City Commission on Human Rights under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) which gives clear examples of the particular accommodations employers have to make for women relative to pregnancy-and-childbirth-related medical conditions.

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