Race Discrimination

New McKinsey Report Highlights Diverse Challenges Facing Asian American Workers

October 3, 2022
The consulting company McKinsey has released a new report highlighting both the challenges and achievements of Asian Americans in the workforce.

Black Residents Face Higher Attrition Rates than White Counterparts

July 12, 2022
Black medical trainees leave or are dismissed from residency or training programs at higher rates than their white peers.

Female Doctors Being Penalized for Wearing Hoop Earrings 

July 13, 2021
According to a recent story on The Lily, women in medicine, particularly Latinx and Black women, are being unfairly judged as unprofessional because of their choice to wear hoop earrings during work or school hours.

A Personal Account of Workplace Harassment Highlights How Common the Behavior Is

February 5, 2021
In fact, many of the discrimination cases we take on follow very similar outlines. An employee, even a very senior one, is intimidated, berated, and subjected to mistreatment at the hands of a manager or executive, and has trouble sorting through the proper legal response to the situation.

Doctor’s Video Underscores How Structural Racism Permeates the Medical Profession

December 29, 2020
One of the most devastating forms in which structural race discrimination appears is in the worlds of medicine and health care where people of color, especially Black people are provided with inferior forms of care, which are often deadly.

New Lawsuit against Uber Alleges Civil Rights Violations

November 3, 2020
Uber is no stranger to accusations of labor and consumer rights violations, including charges of monopoly behavior, racial bias in poor neighborhoods, wage violations and preventing workers from accessing social welfare during the pandemic. Now, adding to this list, is a new lawsuit filed by former driver Thomas Liu alleging Uber violated non-white drivers’ civil rights protected by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Too Early Retirement

September 1, 2020
For some, early retirement is a chance to do something else, to spend more time with family, or pursue a passion put off by work. But for others, early retirement, also known by the euphemistic “involuntary separation,” has been an unwelcome occurrence and reminder of people’s status within the workforce, and this trend has been increasing in recent times.

The Weekly Roundup: Employment Numbers Remain High as Job Losses Persist

August 28, 2020
The jobs report, released early Thursday morning, indicates job losses persist, with first-time unemployment claims above 1 million for the second straight week and continuing claims still north of 14 million. This comes as Congress remains on summer recess, having failed to shore up an extension of the enhanced stimulus that was propping up the economy. With the unemployment numbers still shaky, this week we’re taking a closer look at just who is being affected.

The Berke-Weiss Law Weekly Roundup: Black Pregnancy in New York City and School Reopening Reversals

August 10, 2020
We’re now a week into the expiration of the enhanced unemployment benefits of the CARES Act and the news is not good. Congress and the White House remain at least a trillion of dollars apart on a new deal, with the Senate GOP split, though their prized bit of the CARES Act, the corporate bailout, did not have an expiration date, unlike those parts aimed at protecting workers, such as the PUA and eviction moratoriums. Thus, with depressing predictability, there were a spate of alarming stories this week echoing the fears that tenant unions and activists have been voicing for months: by ending employment relief we are hurtling toward a cliff, over which lies massive, nationwide evictions.

Antiracism Resources

June 2, 2020
Our Firm is saddened and angered by the killings of and violence against Black people by government authorities, as well as efforts to limit peaceful protest. In our legal practice, we fight against race discrimination in the workplace using the law, but these tragic events invite the law to do better now than in the past to provide justice and healing to those affected personally, and to our society as a whole.

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