Month: March 2017

Mexican Food Maker Charged with Discriminating Against Non-Hispanic Applicants

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HR professionals understand that creating a strong anti-discrimination and harassment culture includes eliminating hiring practices that favor some applicants over others because of their race or ethnicity.  Such practices violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and can result in costly lawsuits, fines and penalties. Read On

Cellphone Repair Shop Fined $110,000 for Discriminating Against Hearing-Impaired Applicants

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Hearing impaired discrimination

While more organizations are recognizing the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce, unfortunately, many people with disabilities are still encountering serious barriers to employment. Consider that only 17.7% of people with disabilities were employed in 2015, compared to 65% of people without a disability, according to the US Census Bureau. Read On

Employers Settle Discrimination Charges Over Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

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Courts still debating whether Title VII covers sexual orientation

Walmart same sex discrimination lawsuit

Currently, there is no federal law specifically stating that discrimination based on sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination. However, 22 states and the District of Columbia, as well as hundreds of municipalities have enacted laws prohibiting sexual-orientation discrimination. Read On

Jury Awards $51 Million in Age Discrimination Lawsuit Against Lockheed Martin

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Lockheed Martin Age Discrimination Lawsuit

A former Lockheed Martin engineer, who sued for age discrimination after being laid off at age 66, was awarded $51.6 million by a jury in a federal court in New Jersey. This may be the highest amount ever awarded to an individual in an age discrimination case, and stands as a stark reminder that age discrimination remains a big — and potentially very expensive — issue for HR. Read On

New EEOC Guidelines Aim To Help Prevent Workplace Retaliation Claims

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Retaliation remains the most common discrimination complaint

EEOC Guideline Update

Workplace retaliation claims are rising across all industries. About 45% of all charges filed with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2016 were retaliation claims that’s more than claims for any other type of  discrimination. Read On