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Discrimination and retaliation complaints on the rise

It’s every employee’s right to feel safe in the workplace and to have equal opportunity for advancement. While these truths sound self-evident, complaints of discrimination and retaliation for speaking up continue to rise.

Regulated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and by New York law, there are several classes protected against discrimination at work, among them: age, disability, nationality, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and marital status. In a review of 2016 stats—the most current available—complaints rose for the second consecutive year with nearly 100,000 in total.

Whistleblowers: what if you get fired for speaking up?

Despite regulation, the financial industry offers opportunity for fraud and misconduct. While most of your fellow employees will not engage in illegal behavior, you cannot assume that everyone’s actions will remain above board.

If a co-worker’s actions, or company policy, seem to violate regulations, report it to your employer or investigators. As long as you report the perceived violation out of concern, you will be legally protected as a whistleblower. Do you know your rights as a whistleblower?

Are you facing workplace discrimination from pregnancy?

You are a successful businesswoman, and now you are preparing to take on the challenge of motherhood. You feel like you finally have it all – a great career and a growing family. But your company may not be quite as thrilled about your pregnancy as you are. Are you facing workplace discrimination due to your pregnancy?


When the stork brings more than a baby

Becoming a parent is one of the most exciting life events possible—and possibly one of the most stressful. While excitement is the primary emotion, welcoming a new family member can also bring concerns about doctor bills, daycare and finances in general.

Knowing that your job is safe when you are expecting and—and with it the concomitant maternity benefits--can relieve a lot of the ancillary concerns. But what happens when you announce your pregnancy and your employer announces your termination?

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