On April 6th, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a ruling that found New York City culpable for underpaying thousands of black and Hispanic female members of its workforce. In its decision, the EEOC cited evidence that the city discriminated against minority women occupying administrative positions, a practice that could cost New York nearly $250 million in damages and owed wages. This ruling is indicative of the EEOC’s strategic initiative, which has focused on large-scale inequality and other systematic issues. Though the decision is not yet final, and the city will likely fight against it vehemently, it should prompt employers to take a look at their pay structures and make sure that their female and minority employees are paid commensurate with their male counterparts for the same character and quality of work. If you do discover a pattern of bias, now is the time to prophylactically make corrections rather than to wait for the Department of Labor or the EEOC to take you to task. As of this writing, the case remains tentative, and any further developments will be covered in a future Labor and Employment Telebrief®. Other topics covered in the first Telebrief® of April include President Obama’s veto keeping the National Labor Relations Board’s contentious “quickie election rules” alive, the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Keller v. Miri Microsystems, thoughts on the practice of employee “poaching,” and the NLRB’s involvement in a case surrounding social media and protected speech. To read more or to listen to the April 8th Telebrief®, or to listen to past installments, please click here.
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Howard K. Kurman is Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Department. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace.
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