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Pregnant transgender man files an employment discrimination lawsuit against Amazon

Shaun Simmons is a transgender man who previously worked at Amazon’s Princeton, New Jersey fulfillment center. In June 2019, Simmons became pregnant and informed his supervisor. Soon after he reported the pregnancy, Simmons began suffering harassment from other employees and criticism from fulfillment center supervisors.

Simmons reported the harassment to Amazon’s Human Resources (HR) department and was put on leave. Returning from leave, Simmons was demoted to another role within the fulfillment center that required him to lift heavy items. His new role’s lifting requirements caused distressing abdominal pain during his pregnancy.

One out of Ten Healthcare Workers Report Suffering Sexual Harassment within the Past Three Years

Many industries, such as film and finance, are notorious for pervasive sexual harassment. The #MeToo movement arose from the numerous allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein after all. Sadly, a Medscape report shows that the healthcare industry is not immune from this physically and psychologically damaging behavior. One out of ten of all healthcare clinicians reported experiencing sexual harassment within the past three years.

The surveyed group includes nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. The reported harassment included:

Regardless of allegations, Bridgewater may need to bridge the gap

Fundamental fairness holds that employees with similar credentials deserve to earn similar pay regardless of their gender. In 2020, large asset management firms such as Bridgewater Associates surely provide equivalent pay, especially among their competitively and equally qualified executive staff members - right?

A recent Wall Street Journal report states that the firm's most senior female executive, Karen Karniol-Tambour, filed a complaint about receiving less pay than men working at similar or lesser levels than she did. These allegations come shortly after the female Co-Chief Executive, Eileen Murray, left the company and filed a gender discrimination lawsuit related to male executives being paid more compensation.

Wronged Washington Football Team Employees, Many of Whom Are Represented By Gloria Allred, Speak Out about How the They Endured a Hostile Work Environment for Decades

Whether a business is a mom-and-pop shop or the namesake football team of the nation's capital city, sexual harassment and sex-based discrimination are illegal. Businesses of a certain size must comply with federal and its respective state's laws prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace.

Gloria Allred of Allred, Maroko & Goldberg is representing multiple wronged employees for, inter alia, claims of sexual harassment against the Washington Football Team. One client, a former cheerleader who alleges she was included in a secretly produced explicit video shown to the team's owner without her knowledge or permission, issued a statement through Ms. Allred stating that the use of her image in the lewd video is "reprehensible and appalling."

More Blacks than Whites believe racism exists at their jobs

If you hear a racist-sounding remark at work, you might want to report it to human resources. HR is on the front line when it comes to reports of racial discrimination and harassment. So, you might expect them to know whether racism is a problem at your workplace.

Yet Black HR staffers are much more likely than Whites to identify racism as a problem in their workplaces, according to a recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management.

Study: Workplace pregnancy bias affects mother's and baby's health

Workplace pregnancy discrimination is illegal. Yet, over the last 10 years, more than 50,000 pregnancy discrimination complaints have been filed with the EEOC and state human rights agencies. We know that pregnancy discrimination happens all too often, but a new study indicates that the consequences may be worse than many realized.

Researchers from Baylor University surveyed over 250 pregnant employees to measure their perceptions of pregnancy discrimination, their perceived stress level, and any postpartum depression symptoms. They also measured the babies' health outcomes, including Apgar score, gestational age, birth weight, and number of visits to the doctor

A Troubling Rise in Discrimination and Harassment toward Asian Americans in the Workplace

Anxiety about COVID-19 has challenged every individual in the U.S., but there has been a troubling rise in hostility and bigotry towards people of Asian descent in the U.S.

According to Pew Research, Asian Americans have reported a significant level of discrimination since the emergence of coronavirus earlier this year. Researchers asked respondents about specific incidents, and found that, among Asian Americans:

A Momentous Step for Equality: The Significance of the U.S. Supreme Court's Decision to Extend Title VII Protections to LGBT and Transgender Workers

Allred, Maroko & Goldberg is elated to see that millions of LGBT and transgender individuals in the United States are now explicitly protected from workplace discrimination under federal law. Yesterday's landmark civil rights ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court finally made clear that Title VII prohibits an employer from firing, demoting, refusing to hire or otherwise discriminating against a worker based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The June 15, 2020 ruling combined ruling in three cases - two about discrimination against gay people and one about discrimination against a transgender person. Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's first appointee to the Supreme Court, wrote the 6-3 majority decision. The Court concluded unequivocally that when an employer fires an individual based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, "Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids."

CDC provides guidance to help workers safely return to the office

The novel coronavirus pandemic continues to have a profound impact our daily lives. Although COVID-19 is still present and continues to spread, many employers throughout the country are beginning to reopen offices.

Can employers safely reopen their offices?

LA enacts Worker Retention and Right of Recall Ordinances

Amid the current global health crisis, more than 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment. National anxiety is, arguably, higher than it has been in decades. How will impacted individuals pay their bills? The concern felt by workers in janitorial, maintenance, security and hospitality fields is heightened. These service industries require people to be present in close proximity. Responding to the needs of these heavily impacted industries, LA signed two new ordinances in May, which will go into effect June 14, 2020.

What are the new ordinances?

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