Supreme Court: federal law protects LGBTQ workers from discrimination
LGBTQ discrimination is now illegal under Title VII. The U. S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Bostock v. Clayton County today, confirming the law of the land. “An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids.” For many years, courts debated whether sexual orientation was protected under the sex discrimination rules.
States like New Mexico had resolved this question on their own by specifically outlawing discrimination and harassment based on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in state laws like the New Mexico Human Rights Act. While the EEOC had issued guidance in 2015 that sexual orientation discrimination was prohibited under the Civil Rights Act, many federal courts refused to enforce the law that way because there was no guidance from the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court resolved all doubts today when it held that this discrimination is illegal under federal law. Employers must now treat all LGBTQ individuals equally in the workplace or risk federal lawsuits and EEOC enforcement.
Buchanan Law Firm can help you understand your rights and obligations under Title VII and state discrimination laws. Call us for an appointment today (505)900-3559.
What to Expect?
With covid-19 decreasing, reopening NYC and Long Island is a welcome change for many. However, if China serves as an example, perhaps we can learn from their experience of reopening cities in heavily populated areas.
According to Streetsblog USA, when China reopened, the surge in traffic rapidly returned to pre covid-19 levels. Rush hour traffic resulted in congestion, and air quality deteriorated with an increasing number of cars hitting the road.
It is possible that New York City and other highly populated areas will experience similar traffic and pollution consequences.
Covid-19, Reopening NYC and Long Island: What It Means for Traffic
Less driving was a benefit during the pandemic. It brought about cleaner air quality and fewer traffic deaths. Ways to maintain safety while reopening could include:
- Protective equipment for transit workers
- Minimize crowding
- Improved ventilation on buses
- Reduced non-essential travel
- Whenever possible replace vehicles with bikes, scooter and microbial modes of travel
If the economy can get back on its feet through alternative ways of working, it is to our advantage. Less driving saved lives, not only from the coronavirus contagion, but also from traffic accidents.
How Courts Are Reopening
NYC Courts as of June 8, entered into Phase I of the reopening. By June 10, judges were back in assigned courthouses. While court officers and clerks continued to work at courthouses throughout the pandemic, judges and a limited number of staff are just now back working onsite. Some actions will still be conducted virtually to deal with the high volume of legal traffic.
At this point, the entire State of New York court system is engaged in either Phase I or Phase II reopening. Planning is in place to monitor and determine the volume of traffic for each phase of reopening the courts. Wearing masks and social distancing is still required to keep everyone safe from covid-19 risks.
Have You Have Questions about Pursuing a Case During Covid-19?
Many people have questions about how COVID-19 could affect their personal injury case. At Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP, we continue to help to many clients and are glad to answer your questions.
How to Boost Business with Online Marketing
Reopening a business during COVID-19 presents challenges for small and large businesses alike. Many businesses have lost revenue during this time. Owners want to reopen, and yet fears of the pandemic still linger. Therefore, for many business owners, taking a gradual approach seems like the best idea. While people are working out how to do business face-to-face, many have benefited by boosting their online presence. The trend of relying on digital communication has been increasing for years, but never has it been more important than during these uncertain times.
A Forbes magazine article discussed how businesses would be “more reliant than ever on their digital strategy…in many cases it will be the deciding factor whether they make it through the tough times ahead.”
Live conferences, trade shows, exhibitions and events are still on hold. Meanwhile, business owners who were used to doing business face-to-face have resorted to other alternatives.
Is Your Website Not Getting Traffic?
If your site isn’t getting traffic, our web experts can help. For websites to do well, it takes a combination of factors. You should have an attractive user-friendly website, effective SEO and use online marketing strategies. Fresh online content can help you place well with the search engines and build credibility with potential clients or customers. To engage viewers, you need to target the right audiences. And, your web content should have value and be organically written. It should also address the questions and problems online viewers are concerned about, in addition to offering workable solutions.
What about SEO? That’s where our SEO specialist comes in. You need to know what the latest search trends are. Our professionals can write articles incorporating the most frequently searched keywords to help viewers find your website.
Think about Improving Your Online Presence
For more than the past decade, clients have trusted Web Perseverance with their online marketing needs. We are glad to discuss how we can help you promote your business. Contact a NY Internet marketing specialist today.
Expanding Businesses Through Websites
Recently, we created new websites for three of our clients. During this time of Covid-19, the Internet has remained alive and well. In fact, the Internet has been a lifesaver for many businesses, providing a means to continue meeting and working with clients and other businesses. Companies, sole proprietors and non-profits from all walks of life are doing videoconferences through Zoom, Team Builder and other user-friendly interfaces. They are also connecting with other coworkers, members, potential clients and customers through digital communication, social media and their websites.
At Web Perseverance, we take pride in customizing our web development to meet your specific needs. We build websites of any size and create designs that fit our clients’ personal tastes, preferences and budgets.
Three New Websites of Different Sizes
We created a one page website for Mike Reinitz, or “Computer Mike” as his clients like to call him. He does most of his computer repair work remotely, whether helping clients with slow computer issues, WiFi, networking, installations, backups or printer issues. He has been working in the computer field for more than 20 years and began his computer career with IBM in 1999. He helps local clients on Long Island and businesses in New York City. However, most computer problems can be dealt with remotely, enabling him to assist clients statewide and throughout the United States. Mike wanted a clean looking, attention grabbing website with movement. We create a website with a modern, streamlined appearance and he was very pleased with the outcome.
Sean Walter is a Long Island, New York lawyer, who has been practicing law for more than 20 years. He focuses his practice in commercial and real estate development, real estate transactions, elder law, estate planning and trust services, farmland preservation, municipal law, land use, zoning and planning, and probate and estate administration and litigation. He served as Deputy Riverhead Town Attorney and during his tenure was appointed as the Farmland and Open Space Manager. He also served for a number of years as Riverhead Town Supervisor. Sean wanted a clean, classic looking website featuring a Long Island farmland landscape on the home page. We were able to meet his expectations and provided him with the specific look and feel he wanted.
Deena Buchanan is a New Mexico attorney who focuses her practice in business law, estate planning, employment law, personal injury and medical malpractice. From her law office in Albuquerque, she represents clients throughout New Mexico. She has also established a partnership with William Cafaro, a New York lawyer based in New York City, who also handles cases in employment law, personal injury and medical malpractice. We built a large website for Deena with numerous practice areas pages. She loves the Southwest terrain, hikes and skis with her family and also brings her camera to capture scenic views. The Southwest atmosphere we created in her web design portrays stunning New Mexico landscapes.
Thinking About a Website?
Whether you want to make your presence known on the web by building a first time website or want to give your existing website a makeover, we’re glad to discuss how we can help. We’re highly skilled in Internet marketing and can also help you market your business online. Contact Web Perseverance today.