Religious at Work: Discrimination or Diversity? 16:03, September 11, 2016

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You’d think that it would be easy to fire an employee who was loud, who was often absent from her desk, who made and received cell phone calls at work, whose boyfriend often visited her there, and who insisted on text messaging supervisors about her absences instead of calling. And you’d probably be right. Unless […]

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An employer found out that it could be liable for retaliation because it acted negligently when it fired an employee solely on the basis of the accusations of a biased coworker who had been accused of sexual harassment. Andrea Vasquez was an emergency medical technician (EMT) on an ambulance crew for Empress Ambulance Service, Inc. […]

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In the latest chapter of the Title VII LGBT rights saga, a Michigan court has not only said that an employee’s transgender status does not confer protection from workplace discrimination, but that religion can be a defense to a sex discrimination lawsuit. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) considers sexual orientation a protected class and has litigated […]

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Large businesses lean heavily on technology. Data analytics, through the use of big data and even robots (artificial intelligence (“AI”)), is a popular way to supplement decisions with a certain amount of accuracy, facts, and evidence. However, it is not a panacea for biased or unethical decisions– a responsibility that lays squarely in human hands. […]

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Sexual harassment is, unfortunately, still common in the United States, as shown by data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). It is also a global concern, as shown by recent interpretation of sexual harassment law in India. This post touches upon Indian law and policy to provide insight into United States sexual harassment law. The […]

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On August 11, 2016, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a final rule amending the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations to incorporate changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). The DOJ regulations prohibit discrimination based on disability in state and local government programs and activities, while similar EEOC regulations prohibit […]

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When asked to imagine his daughter, Ivanka Trump, being treated in the workplace like Roger Ailes allegedly treated women (i.e. sexual harassment), Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump told USA Today: “I would like to think [Ivanka] would find another career or find another company if that was the case.” Par for course, Trump’s comment spawned […]

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Airbnb announced it is hiring Former US Attorney General Eric Holder in a robust campaign to stop bias and discrimination. By analyzing their efforts, companies can find real examples of what it takes to tackle discrimination and bias both in the workplace and in modern society. The Problem While the United States has come a […]

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Grzegorz Smuk worked as a maintenance mechanic at Specialty Food Group’s food processing and packaging plant in Chicago. He claimed that his supervisor, Tomasz Miekisz, began sexually harassing him shortly after he started working at the plant in May 2006, and continued to harass him until July 2012. Smuk claimed that Miekisz grabbed him, slapped […]

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A court in California awarded a man over $1.4 million in attorney fees and costs after it found that he was denied a job because he had previously used an invalid Social Security number (SSN). Victor Guerrero was born in Mexico and brought to the United States by his parents in 1990, when he was […]

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