The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit held on Nov. 18 that a private arbitrator in the case of Jock v. Sterling Jewelers Inc. had the power to define a class of plaintiffs to participate in the arbitration. While only 254 female plaintiff-employees asked to arbitrate their original claim for sex discrimination in pay and promotion, the arbitrator's 2015 class certification increased the class size to about 44,000 women.
On Aug. 20, Gov. Cuomo signed a bill strengthening New York law prohibiting unlawful employment discrimination against victims of domestic violence. The legislation amends the New York Human Rights Law, which first placed domestic violence victims into a protected class against workplace discrimination in 2009.
On June 19, the last day of the New York state legislative session, both the Assembly and Senate passed almost unanimously AB 8421 (same as SB 6577), an important bill that adds several protections to state law for victims of sexual harassment and other workplace discrimination. We discuss other components of the bill in other blogs, but today we will talk about the bill's prohibition on nondisclosure agreements, sometimes called NDAs, in settlement agreements, unless the victim wants the condition to keep the matter private.
On July 10, in the midst of the Manhattan ticker-tape parade in honor of the U.S. Women's National Team's World Cup victory in France, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new pay-equity bill. His legislation was a symbolic gesture of support for the U.S. Women's team in its longstanding battle for equal pay. In March, several players on the team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay with their male counterparts in international competition, as well as for equalization of other employment benefits.