Katharine Parker

Katharine Parker

Proskauer Rose LLP

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Transgender Individuals to Gain Protection under New York State Law

On October 22, 2015, at the Pride Agenda Dinner, Governor Cuomo announced that he plans to extend protections against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations to transgender individuals. The New York...more

10/23/2015 - Anti-Discrimination Policies Anti-Harassment Policies Discrimination Employment Discrimination Governor Cuomo Harassment Housing Discrimination NYCHRL Protected Class Public Accommodation Transgender

Addressing and Preventing Workplace Violence

The subject of workplace violence has unfortunately made headlines once again after a news anchor and cameraman were killed by a former co-worker in Virginia last week. Employers are understandably concerned and have...more

9/3/2015 - ADA Anti-Harassment Policies Criminal Background Checks Criminal Records Disability Discrimination Discrimination EAP Employer Liability Issues Harassment Hiring & Firing Mental Illness OSHA Policies and Procedures Workplace Hazards Workplace Safety Workplace Violence

Latest EEOC Discrimination Suit Targets Employment Exam

For years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has taken the position that certain employment tests and screening procedures can serve to discriminate against racial and ethnic minorities in violation of...more

8/4/2015 - Discrimination Disparate Impact Disparate Treatment EEOC Employee Training Hiring & Firing Popular Race Discrimination Screening Procedures Title VII

“Ban the Box” Trend Continues Across the Country

The “ban the box” movement—which seeks to remove questions about criminal history from an employer’s initial employment application—continues to cut across geographic and political divides. In March and April, we blogged...more

5/22/2015 - Ban the Box Discrimination Hiring & Firing Job Applicants

Supreme Court Concludes That EEOC Conciliation Efforts Are Reviewable by Courts

On April 29, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously concluded that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) efforts to conciliate a matter before filing suit—a statutory requirement of Title VII—can be reviewed...more

4/30/2015 - Chevron Deference Conciliation Discrimination EEOC Judicial Review Mach Mining v EEOC SCOTUS Title VII

Utah Law Bars Discrimination Against Nursing Mothers

On March 23, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill that prohibits discrimination against employees who breastfeed at work....more

3/26/2015 - Breastfeeding Discrimination New Legislation

New York City Issues New Pregnancy & Employment Rights Notice in English, Foreign Language Versions to Follow

Earlier this month, Proskauer issued a client alert on the latest amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law, which expands the protections against discrimination for pregnant employees. For more on the new law, see our...more

11/1/2013 - Discrimination Hiring & Firing Notice Requirements NYCHRL Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation

New York City Expressly Requires Reasonable Accommodation of Pregnant Employees, Adds Notice Obligations

On October 2, 2013, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed Int. No. 974-2012A to amend the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) by expanding protections against discrimination for pregnant employees. The NYCHRL, as...more

10/3/2013 - Discrimination Employee Rights Human Rights Notice Requirements Pregnancy Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation Sex Discrimination

OFCCP Issues Long-Awaited VEVRAA and Section 503 Final Rules

On August 27, 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs ("OFCCP") released long-awaited Final Rules that substantially impact federal contractor compliance obligations under the Vietnam Era Veterans'...more

9/3/2013 - ADA Affirmative Action Disability Discrimination Discrimination FCC OFCCP Rehabilitation Act Veterans Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act

New Mexico Enacts Fair Pay for Women Act

Earlier this spring, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez signed into law the Fair Pay for Women Act ("FPWA" or the "Act"), prohibiting employers from engaging in gender–based wage discrimination. Inspired by the passage of...more

5/6/2013 - Discrimination Fair Pay Act Gender Discrimination Human Rights Wage and Hour Wages

Colorado Ninth State to Prohibit Credit Checks for Employment Purposes

On April 19, 2013, Colorado's governor signed S.B. 18 to prohibit employers from considering an applicant's or employee's credit history in employment decisions. California, Maryland, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois,...more

4/24/2013 - Credit Cards Credit Checks Discrimination EEOC FCRA Hiring & Firing

New York City Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto To Prohibit Discrimination Based on Unemployment Status

On January 23, 2013, the New York City Council passed Int. #0814-2012 (the "new Local Law"), which amends the New York City Human Rights Law ("NYCHRL") to prohibit discrimination against job applicants based on their...more

3/15/2013 - Discrimination Hiring & Firing Unemployment Discrimination

New Pay Discrimination Directive Issued by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”)

On February 26, 2013, OFCCP announced the rescission of two guidance documents on pay discrimination issued in 2006: Interpreting Nondiscrimination Requirements of Executive Order 11246 With Respect to Systemic Compensation...more

3/4/2013 - Contractors Discrimination OFCCP Title VII Wages

OFCCP Directive Adopts EEOC Guidance and Outlines New Procedures and Existing Legal Obligations Regarding Criminal Background...

On January 29, 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs ("OFCCP") adopted the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's ("EEOC") April 25, 2012 Guidance regarding the use of criminal records in employment...more

2/12/2013 - Criminal Background Checks Discrimination EEOC FCRA Hiring & Firing OFCCP Title VII Training

New Jersey Department of Labor Proposes Rules to Implement New Pay Equality Poster and Notice Requirements

On September 19, 2012, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a law requiring employers in the State of New Jersey with more than 50 employees to post and distribute notification to employees detailing "the right to be...more

1/10/2013 - Discrimination EEOC Equal Pay Gender Discrimination Gender-Based Pay Discrimination Title VII

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