In an alarming development for workers’ rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) voted this week to rescind its longstanding position that forced arbitration clashes with our nation’s civil rights laws. Forced arbitration—the practice of employers forcing employees to sign away their right to take their claims to court—allows corporations to get away with violating their workers' rights.
Written by A Better Balance’s team of women’s rights and civil rights lawyers, The Working Woman’s Pocket Guide offers a step-by-step guide to the employment rights and protections New York women have at work and when they may need time away from work. With sections on pay equity, harassment, discrimination, paid family leave, healthcare coverage, and more, the guide is an A-Z resource for working women.
Policies that support working women and families are often not only a matter of economic justice, but also an urgent matter of public health. On National Women’s Health Day, here are four federal policies we must pass to ensure the health of working women and their families.
A key part of the BE HEARD Act includes expanding civil rights protections to all employees regardless of business size, and to non-employees like independent contractors, interns, and volunteers. It would also prohibit employers from forcing workers to sign blanket non-disclosure agreements upon accepting a job and provide employers with best practices for preventing sexual harassment. And, crucially, the law would end the so-called “severe or pervasive” standard—which sets an impossibly high bar for victims to meet in court—sending the message that no form of sexual harassment is okay.
Today marked a giant step forward for gender equality, as the New York legislature passed several crucial equal pay measures. Championed by Governor Cuomo as part of his Women’s Justice Agenda, the new laws—including one prohibiting employers from asking job applicants for their salary history—will help ensure women are treated equally and fairly in the workplace.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time to spread awareness and take action against the widespread sexual harassment and violence in our communities. This month, we are partnering with the Bandana Project to lift up and support migrant farmworkers in their fight against rampant sexual violence on the job.
A Better Balance attended the hearing in Albany along with many of our partners and submitted testimony to give voice to some of our client’s incredibly difficult experiences and to offer a host of recommendations.
ABB has previously highlighted Judge Kavanaugh’s troubling judicial record and the negative impact that his presence on the Supreme Court could have on women, low-wage workers, and other vulnerable groups. These recent allegations of sexual assault raise new and urgent concerns about his nomination.
As part of this fight to end sexual violence and harassment, we want to ensure that workers understand what their rights are in the workplace. Sexual harassment is physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature or conduct based on your sex that unreasonably interferes with your work performance, affects your employment, or makes your place intimidating, hostile or offensive.