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CROWN Act and Hair Discrimination
Law Office of The Harman Firm

Over the last few decades, the American legal system has recognized greater protections for minority employees. Alongside this has come a growing understanding of what ‘racism’ really constitutes and why it stems beyond the color of a person’s skin. Courts have also begun to interpret ‘race’ as more than only the color of someone’s skin,…

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New York City Municipal Unions Sue to Stop Termination of Unvaccinated Employees
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Several New York City municipal worker’s unions are suing to stop New York City from terminating unvaccinated employees slated to lose their jobs. The suit is brought by more than two dozen unions, including the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), Uniformed Fire Officers Association and the Police Benevolent Association. The plaintiffs argue that the city’s…

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New York State Expands Whistleblower Protections
Law Office of The Harman Firm

On January 26, 2022, amendments to New York’s whistleblower protection law went into effect. These amendments, codified at section 740 of the New York Labor Law, include updates requiring the implementation and enhancement of employee support structures, robust reporting mechanisms, and access to regular training for employees, employers, and managers through human resources. Although these…

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President Biden Nominates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court
Law Office of The Harman Firm

On Friday, February 25th, 2022, President Biden announced his nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court of the United States. If confirmed, she will be the first Black woman to sit on the country’s highest court. The President’s decision fulfilled his campaign promise to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court.…

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New York to End Indoor Mask and Vaccine Mandates
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After a long and tumultuous period in our city’s history, New York City is taking a big step towards normalcy. Governor Kathy Hochul announced masks will no longer be required in schools as of March 2, 2022, after previously ending New York’s statewide mask mandate for most indoor settings. Changes to state mask policies follow…

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New York City Law to Require Bias Audits of Automated Hiring Tools
Law Office of The Harman Firm

Starting on January 2, 2023, New York City will require employers and employment agencies to complete a bias audit before implementing automated employment decision tools to screen job candidates or evaluate employees for internal promotions. Any hiring tool that involves a computational process derived from machine learning, statistical monitoring, data analytics or artificial intelligence, will…

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New Federal Law Prohibits Arbitration in Sexual Assault & Harassment Cases
Law Office of The Harman Firm

In early February 2022, Congress passed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (H.R. 4445). The new federal law restricts arbitration agreements for sexual assault and sexual harassment claims. The law amends the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) to allow employees who are parties to arbitration agreements with their employers…

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NFL Discrimination of Head Coaches
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According to Jim Trotter, an NFL.com Columnist, “the National Football League has a long and troubled history when it comes to race and head coaches” and of the thirty-two (32) NFL teams, “13 franchises had never hired a Black non-interim head coach and 11 others had only installed one.” American professional sports have an interesting…

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New York City Law Now Requires Employers to Disclose Salary in Job Advertisements
Law Office of The Harman Firm

On May 15, 2022, a new law will go into effect in New York City that will change the way employers recruit and advertise positions to prospective employees. Under NYC law, employers will be required to include salary ranges in job postings and advertisements. The bill was initially approved by a 41-7 vote in the…

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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to Retire from Supreme Court
Law Office of The Harman Firm

On January 27, 2022, Justice Stephen G. Breyer formally announced his retirement from the Supreme Court.  Justice Breyer, 83, was appointed to the bench in 1994 by President Bill Clinton. Justice Breyer is currently the oldest member of the Court. After the sudden death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2020, there have been widespread…

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