New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio recently commented on the state of a group of topless panhandlers who have been frequenting Time Square. According to a Wall Street Journal report, despite De Blasio’s self-described progressiveness his disapproval of the women’s presence allegedly came across as downright conservative and even sexist. These women solicit tips by posing for pictures with tourists, something New York City’s “Naked Cowboy” has been doing for years. Moreover, many panhandlers frequent Times Squares including those dressed up as TV characters and many question why the topless women became the tipping point for the mayor.
De Blasio’s condemnation of the women goes beyond his commentary, however, as his campaign against them includes a task force responsible for exploring options on how to clean up Times Square. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against because of your gender, contact an aggressive gender discrimination attorney right away.
Discrimination of others based on gender is a civil rights violation that is not uncommon. This type of discrimination can take many forms including pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, and unequal pay for the same job. Gender discrimination may also occur when someone is treated negatively because of his or her connection with an organization or group that is generally associated with a certain sex. In the workplace, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids discrimination based on gender in several aspects of employment including hiring, firing, pay rate, job assignments, layoffs, promotions, fringe benefits, training, and any other term of employment.
In addition to Title VII, sex discrimination claims are filed under two other federal laws: the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and the Equal Pay Act (EPA). The PDA falls under Title VII and prohibits employers from discriminating against women due to pregnancy, childbirth or other related medical conditions. Conversely, the EPA – which falls under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) – prohibits pay discrimination because of an employee’s gender. Title VII does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, however, some state laws do.
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If you or someone you know believes they have been discriminated against because of gender – or is a victim of any other type of discrimination – contact the knowledgeable gender discrimination attorneys at Ricotta & Marks, P.C. Serving the greater New York area in all matters relating to employment law, our experienced gender discrimination attorneys in New York and Los Angeles can provide guidance on your case. Call (347) 464-8694 for your free initial case evaluation.