Sexual harassment in the workplace was put back into the national spotlight after former Fox News employee Gretchen Carlson alleged that Roger Ailes had sexually harassed her. According to research done by YouGov, 29 percent of women say that they have been the victim of sexual harassment compared to only 12 percent of men. Furthermore, 37 percent of women think that such harassment is common in the workplace.
New Jersey residents may have heard about the sexual harassment lawsuit that was filed by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson. On July 6, Carlson filed a complaint against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Carlson alleges that Ailes and her "Fox & Friends" co-host Steve Doocy acted inappropriately towards her during her tenure.
New Jersey residents who watch the Fox News Channel may be aware that Gretchen Carlson recently left the network. The 50-year-old former Miss America and co-host of the popular show 'Fox & Friends" claims in a lawsuit filed on July 6 that she was fired for refusing the sexual advances of the network's Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. The lawsuit, which was filed in Bergen County, does not name Fox News or its parent company 21st Century Fox as defendants.
Some New Jersey workers experience workplace discrimination based on their statuses as members of protected groups at their jobs, despite federal and state laws that prohibit such actions. Workplace discrimination doesn't just occur in privately owned companies, however. It also happens within government agencies, as demonstrated by a report issued on June 21 by the Government Accountability Office.
Workplace harassment is still a major problem for workers in New Jersey and around the country. A report issued on June 20 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace showed evidence that the American workplace is still rife with gender and race-based harassment.
Human resources professionals and employment law attorneys in New Jersey and around the country were likely aware that the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act went into effect on May 11. The law extends the statutory protection of proprietary business information and trade secrets, and both businesses and individuals who own confidential information covered by the act may file private lawsuits when this information is taken without their consent.
A study published in JAMA reported that nearly one out of three of female doctors throughout the country have experienced sexual harassment on the job. In comparison, 4 percent of male doctors reported sexual harassment at work.
New Jersey employers with 15 or more workers must generally abide by the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and make reasonable accommodations for those who qualify for protection under the 1990 federal law. While this may be true for the most part, there are a number of important exceptions, and certain employers are required to follow some ADA provisions while being exempt from others.
New Jersey expectant mothers may not be happy to learn that a woman was allegedly fired from her job for being pregnant. She has filed a lawsuit against against Procter & Gamble, accusing the company of refusing to make small accommodations for her comfort and wrongfully terminating her employment.
New Jersey employees may be familiar with the Family and Medical Leave Act. Enacted in 1993, the FMLA allows covered workers to take leave from their jobs without risk of termination for certain family and medical-related reasons. Now that the Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, the rights that are extended to married employees by the FMLA apply to employees in same-sex marriages.