The advertising business of the 1950s and 1960s was depicted as highly misogynistic in the New York-based period drama 'Mad Men," and fans of the highly rated show may be shocked to learn that sexual harassment still appears to be a major problem for the industry. The American Association of Advertising Agencies asked about 400 female advertising employees about their workplace experiences, and more than half of them said that they felt at least somewhat vulnerable to unfair treatment.
Age discrimination in the workplace or even before getting hired is an ongoing problem for people in New York and throughout the United States, and unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly difficult to prove age discrimination in court. In 2009, a ruling by the Supreme Court found that age had to be the primary reason a person was laid off rather than a contributing factor before legal action could be taken against the employer for age discrimination. A proposed bill to reverse the decision never made it to a Congressional vote.