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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?

How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change

For over 40+ years Allred Maroko & Goldberg has stood with the voiceless. We have fought for change to make sure every person is treated with dignity and respect. The unspeakable deaths of George Floyd and other African Americans have resulted in untold pain for so many. Our firm will continue in our quest to speak for those whose voices are disregarded and ignored. Allred Maroko & Goldberg will not be silent. This firm fervently believes that all people are created equal, and that we as lawyers must continue our work to eliminate systemic racism. We pledge to continue to battle in the courts for those who have been denied equal rights or justice on account of their race. We urge everyone to read former President Obama's statement. We could not have said it better.

How will Title IX changes impact college campuses?

Earlier this month, Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education announced changes to college and university sexual assault regulations under Title IX. The regulations change many aspects of the current sexual assault reporting and investigation process. Colleges must adhere to the new regulations by Aug. 14, 2020.

The U.S. Department of Education is looking to create a fair system that equally protects the accusers and the accused, but will they achieve their goal?

Workers can still face sexual harassment even if they are working from home (WFH)

Remote work or working from home (WFH) is now the norm for many people. It’s true that it can provide workers with freedom and flexibility. However, there are some burdens of office life that they can't always escape.

As managers and workers rely more on apps like Slack and Microsoft Teams to execute projects, people still have to engage with their work colleagues. Depending on the circumstances, some workers can still face sexual harassment – even in isolation from their homes.

Know Your Rights! Facebook Livestream

Allred, Maroko & Goldberg is pleased to announce that it has launched a new Facebook Livestream initiative called, "Know Your Rights! with Gloria Allred" on April 23. A panel of our firm's attorneys will answer frequently asked questions on a series of topics directly relevant to our firm's practice areas. You can watch their discussions LIVE on Gloria Allred's Facebook page on Thursdays at 12pm (English speakers) and 2pm (Spanish speakers), which can be found here.

Federal act temporarily expands employee protections amid COVID-19 crisis

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the United State, more and more people are affected each day. Sick employees may be unable to work and earn an income for several weeks. Healthy employees may need to stay home to care for sick loved ones.

The Federal Government passed emergency legislation in March to protect these vulnerable persons. The Trump administration passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to expand the existing Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and paid sick leave protections. This Act remains in effect from April 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020.

Can my employer force me to come into work during a Covid-19 lockdown?

The novel coronavirus (which causes the disease Covid-19) is creating concerns for workers across the country, and in particular New York and California. According to recent reports, the number of coronavirus cases in California has surged past 3,000 cases and New York has more than 33,000 cases. Governors in both states have ordered all “nonessential” businesses to close and advised residents to stay at home.

Because of these “stay-at-home” orders, you may be wondering whether your employer can require you to physically come in to work regardless of statewide restrictions. The answer depends on what industries you work in and whether you are considered “essential” or not.

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