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Human Rights Commission to New York City Employers: Be Wary of Consulting Credit Histories

Businesses operating in New York City may already be aware that the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act (read the full text here), which took effect on September 3, 2015, generally prohibits employers from...more

NYC Commission on Human Rights Explains New NYC Background Check Laws

We were pleased to host a program on September 28, 2015 on New York City’s two new background check laws, the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act and the Fair Chance Act. Paul Keefe, Supervising Attorney at the NYC...more

CHRO Right to Sue Letter Enough to Bring Federal Discrimination Claims to Court

In catching up over some interesting employment law cases from 2015, I came across Lennon v. Dolce Vida Medical Spa. You would be forgiven if you missed it because it’s an unreported Superior Court decision on a...more

Discrimination at Any Age

In the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”), 29 U.S.C. § 621 et seq, Congress in 1967 prohibited discrimination in employment because of a person’s age, but limited the protections of the law to individuals who are...more

Connecticut Extends Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Protections to Unpaid Interns

On June 22, 2015, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a new statute that extends workplace harassment, discrimination and retaliation protection to unpaid interns. Historically, it was unclear whether an...more

New York City Moves to “Ban the Box” on Criminal Background Checks in Job Applications

On June 10, 2015, the New York City Council passed the Fair Chance Act (Intro No. 318-A, 2014) by a vote of 45-to-5. The legislation prevents employers from inquiring about job applicants’ criminal arrests and convictions...more

New York City Aims to Strengthen its Enforcement of Human Rights Law; Paired Testing Employment Discrimination Investigations on...

Mayor de Blasio recently signed a series of bills that, among other things, require the New York City Human Rights Commission – the agency responsible for enforcing the New York City Human Rights Law – to conduct employment...more

Changes at the Maine Human Rights Commission

The new counsel to the Maine Human Rights Commission, Barbara Archer Hirsch, spoke to the Employment Section of the Maine Bar Association yesterday. She announced one significant change in how the Commission would be...more

Argument Report: Illinois Supreme Court Considers Whether Cook County Commission on Human Rights Can Award Punitive Damages

On Tuesday morning, the Illinois Supreme Court gave little concrete indication of how it will likely rule during oral argument on Crittenden v. Cook County Commission on Human Rights. Counsel for the Commission and the...more

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