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New York Votes to Protect Unpaid Interns from Discrimination

On March 26, 2014, the New York City Counsel voted unanimously to amend the New York City Human Rights Law (the “NYCHRL”) to allow unpaid interns to sue for harassment and discrimination. The bill was likely drafted in...more

Anti-Discrimination Laws Going “Intern”-ational? New York City Extends Its Human Rights Law to Unpaid Interns

As we reported last October, a federal court in New York found that an unpaid intern could not bring a hostile work environment sexual harassment claim pursuant to the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”). (Wang v....more

Act Now Advisory: Unpaid Interns Now Afforded Same Discrimination Protections as Employees Under the New York City Human Rights...

On March 26, 2014, the New York City Council passed an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law ("NYCHRL"), giving unpaid interns the same anti-discrimination protections under the law as is available to employees. The...more

Legislation Unanimously Passed by City Council Seeks to Protect NYC Interns From Discrimination

On March 26, 2014, the New York City Council unanimously passed a bill to expand the New York City Human Rights law to prohibit employment discrimination against interns. The legislation will likely be enacted into law, as it...more

New York City Council Votes to Extend New York City Human Rights Law’s Protections Against Discrimination to Interns

On Wednesday, the New York City Council voted 50-0 to extend the New York City Human Rights Law’s protections to interns. Last October, we reported on a Federal court decision dismissing an unpaid intern’s hostile work...more

Second Circuit Holds That New York City Commission On Human Rights’ Procedures Satisfy Constitutional Due Process

Rosu v. City of New York, No. 13-cv-243 (2d Cir. Feb. 7, 2014): Underlying this case, Mircea Rosu filed a complaint with the New York City Commission on Human Rights alleging that his manager and coworkers discriminated...more

New York Employers – 2013 Year in Review and Looking Ahead to 2014

“Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits.” While the author to this famous New Year’s quote remains unknown, that certainly doesn’t make it any less true, including for employers. We hope that,...more

Southern District Rules: Unpaid Interns Are Not Eligible To Assert NY Sexual Harassment Protections

In October of 2013, the Southern District of New York dismissed an intern’s claim for sexual harassment brought under New York State Human Rights Law and New York City Human Rights Law on the grounds that the state law...more

Interns: Unpaid and Unprotected?

As we have previously mentioned, issues relating to unpaid interns continue to be a hot topic. In the wage law arena, disenchanted former interns have brought a string of well-publicized class action lawsuits against their...more

Anti-Discrimination Laws: Retailers Beware!

In August, we heard about the difficulties Oprah Winfrey encountered during an upscale shopping trip in Switzerland. It appears the issue hits quite a bit closer to home. In yesterday’s Women’s Wear Daily, there appeared an...more

New York City Pregnancy Discrimination Law Update

On October 2, 2013, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law a bill amending the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) to require most New York City employers to reasonably accommodate pregnant workers. The law applies to...more

Employment Flash - November 2013

In This Issue: - OFCCP Releases VEVRAA and Rehabilitation Act Section 503 Final Rules - US Supreme Court to Decide Whether Severance Payments Are Subject to FICA - SDNY Rules That NYC Human Rights Law Does Not...more

New York City Commission on Human Rights Releases New York City Human Rights Law Pregnancy and Employment Rights Poster

As reported last month, effective January 30, 2014, the New York City Human Rights Law will require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers. The City Council included in that new law a requirement...more

Proposed New York Law Would Extend State Anti-Discrimination Protections to Unpaid Interns

A new bill introduced in the New York State Senate would extend many of the protections of the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) to unpaid interns. Among other things, the bill would make it illegal for employers to...more

New York City And State Human Rights Laws Do Not Apply To Unpaid Interns

Wang v. Phoenix Satellite Television US, Inc., No. 13-CV-218(PKC) (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 3, 2013) (Castel, J.): As we recently covered in our firm blog, Judge P. Kevin Castel in the Southern District of New York recently dismissed an...more

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

Unpaid Interns Not Entitled To Protection From Sexual Harassment Under New York City Law

A federal judge in the Southern District of New York ruled earlier this month that a former intern was not entitled to pursue her claim for sexual harassment under the New York City Human Rights Law (the “NYCHRL”) because she...more

New York City Employers Must Prove Indefinite Leave Request is Undue Hardship

The New York Court of Appeals ruled last Thursday that a disabled employee’s request for an indefinite leave of absence is not a per se unreasonable accommodation under the New York City Human Rights Law. Rather, the state’s...more

Court Rules Unpaid Interns are Not Protected Against Harassment Under NYC Law

United States District Judge P. Kevin Castel recently ruled that the New York City Human Rights Law, amended in 2005 to provide broader protections, does not cover those in unpaid roles such as unpaid interns. In Wang v....more

New York Federal District Court Declines to Extend Protections against Discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law to...

I just finished reading a very interesting opinion in Wang v. Phoenix Satellite Television US, Inc., which Judge Castel issued late last week out of the Southern District of New York and which addresses the scope of the New...more

New York City Law Provides Reasonable Accommodation for Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Related Conditions

On October 2, 2013, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) that requires employers with four or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy,...more

New York City Now Requires Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers

Today, Mayor Bloomberg signed into law an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law requiring employers with four or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers. The legislation, which was...more

New York City Bill Prohibits Discrimination in Employment Based on Pregnancy

On September 24, 2013, the New York City Council approved a bill that will amend the administrative code of the city of New York to prohibit discrimination in employment based on pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical...more

New York City Council Expands Protection Against Pregnancy Discrimination

On September 24, 2013, the New York City Council unanimously passed an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) that expands prohibited discrimination in employment based on pregnancy, childbirth, or a related...more

The UNEMPLOYED – A Protected Category Coming To a Jurisdiction Near You

It is now illegal in New York City for employers to discriminate against job applicants based on their employment status. This June 2013 amendment to New York City’s Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) — a law already relished by...more

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