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Coffee Chain's Hiring Of 'Bubbly, Attractive' Teens Target Of Federal Probe

Coffee Chain's Hiring Of 'Bubbly, Attractive' Teens Target Of Federal Probe

A local coffee chain, known for its bubbly, attractive female staff in pink shirts, is being investigated by federal officials for possible age and race discrimination, and the chain is complaining that the probe is a "witch hunt." The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been quietly probing... Read More »

4 Obstacles To Changing Careers In 2012 And How To Overcome Them

4 Obstacles To Changing Careers In 2012 And How To Overcome Them

The economy is showing signs of life. And that means millions of people who have been stuck in jobs they hate will start looking for work. A 2011 survey indicated that 84 percent of Americans planned to look for a new job when the economy improved. And yet, the reality is that only a small percentage of them... Read More »

A Boss Speaks: It's Time For A Paid Family Leave Law

A Boss Speaks: It's Time For A Paid Family Leave Law

So what is the real reason more women aren't running big businesses? In their unguarded moments, some male execs and business owners may tell you: It's because they have babies. Sure, women are talented and driven, but these men will say: When women have babies, they take time out of the workforce which is... Read More »

N.Y. State Weighs Transgender Anti-Discrimination Bill

N.Y. State Weighs Transgender Anti-Discrimination Bill

ALBANY, N.Y. - A year after lawmakers legalized gay marriage, the next civil rights debate taking shape in Albany is discrimination against transgender New Yorkers who say they face it in employment and housing and when they're in public all because they stray from what's accepted as male and female norms in... Read More »

AT&T To Pay Muslim Woman $5 Million After Boss Snatched Off Her Scarf

AT&T To Pay Muslim Woman $5 Million After Boss Snatched Off Her Scarf

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A former Kansas City woman who converted to Islam in 2005 said she was harassed for years at AT&T, and that the abuse boiled over in 2008 when her boss snatched her head scarf and exposed her hair. A Jackson County jury on Thursday awarded Susann Bashir $5 million in punitive damages in... Read More »

How Pregnant Workers Can Take Time Off Without Hurting Their Careers

How Pregnant Workers Can Take Time Off Without Hurting Their Careers

By Julie Feinberg It's all well and good to want to have it all with a successful career and family life. But most women who want children at some point face a big dilemma: How do you take time off with the new baby without killing your chances for advancement and increased earnings? Of women who go... Read More »

U.S. City Weighs Ban On Hiring Of All Smokers

U.S. City Weighs Ban On Hiring Of All Smokers

For years now, employers have banned smokers from lighting up in the office. But now, with evidence that smokers have higher medical costs, the question is: Should employers ban hiring smokers altogether? Read More »

Judge Finds Iowa's Hiring Policies Don't Hurt Blacks

Judge Finds Iowa's Hiring Policies Don't Hurt Blacks

By David Pitt and Ryan J. Foley DES MOINES, Iowa -- A judge dismissed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday that claimed Iowa's state government systemically discriminated against black job applicants by allowing subtle racial bias to creep into virtually every hiring and promotion decision. District Judge... Read More »

FBI Fitness Test Is Biased Against Men, Lawsuit Claims

FBI Fitness Test Is Biased Against Men, Lawsuit Claims

An FBI analyst who failed a fitness test by one pushup claims in a federal lawsuit filed in Chicago last week that the test is biased against men. Read More »

How Employers Get Away With Firing Pregnant Women -- Legally

How Employers Get Away With Firing Pregnant Women -- Legally

As a driver for UPS, Peggy Young sometimes had to lift up to 70 pounds on the job. When she got pregnant, her doctor said that probably wasn't a good idea and Young should stick to packages 20 pounds or less. Even though UPS routinely assigns "light duty" to injured or disabled employees, it put Young on unpaid... Read More »

Long-Term Unemployed Face Hiring Bias

Long-Term Unemployed Face Hiring Bias

By Stephen Singer HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Few job seekers who fail to get an interview know the reason, but Michelle Chesney-Offutt said a recruiter told her why she lost the chance to pitch for an information technology position. Read More »

FedEx Units Pay $3 Million To Settle Bias Claims

FedEx Units Pay $3 Million To Settle Bias Claims

By Sam Hananel WASHINGTON -- The Labor Department says the ground delivery unit of FedEx Corp. will pay $3 million to settle federal charges of hiring discrimination. The settlement with the department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs covers wages and back interest to more than 21,000 job... Read More »

Black School Employees Accuse Black Supervisor Of Racism

Black School Employees Accuse Black Supervisor Of Racism

There's no shortage of cases in which workers claim they've been discriminated against by a supervisor because of race. But it's unusual for employees to formally complain of racism from a fellow member of a minority. Yet, that's the scenario that's played out in suburban Seattle, where nine black employees... Read More »

Coca-Cola Workers Sue, Claim Giant Is 'Cesspool of Discrimination'

Coca-Cola Workers Sue, Claim Giant Is 'Cesspool of Discrimination'

Twelve years ago, Coca-Cola settled a racial discrimination case for more than $156 million, the largest of its kind. The world's leading soft-drink manufacturer also agreed to spend $36 million on pro-diversity changes and to allow a panel of outsiders to revise personnel policy. But it wasn't enough, if the... Read More »

Omaha OKs LGBT Worker Protections

Omaha OKs LGBT Worker Protections

After years of effort by the city's gay community, workers in Omaha, Neb., will soon be protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity, following a narrow vote Tuesday to approve such legislation. The win didn't come easy. Omaha's city council voted 4-3 in favor of the ordinance, which... Read More »

Chef Paula Deen's Attorneys Say Accusations False

Chef Paula Deen's Attorneys Say Accusations False

SAVANNAH, Georgia (AP) -- Attorneys for Paula Deen said Tuesday that a former worker who claimed she was sexually harassed and subjected to a hostile work environment at a restaurant co-owned by Deen and her brother made false claims after the celebrity chef refused to pay her to keep quiet. Read More »

Catholic Teacher Fired For Plans To Marry Gay Partner Of 20 Years

Catholic Teacher Fired For Plans To Marry Gay Partner Of 20 Years

In a letter earlier this month, a popular music teacher at St. Ann Catholic School in Missouri told students' parents of "my joyful news, and my sad news." The good news was that Al Fischer had plans to soon marry his partner of two decades in New York, one of six states in the union where same-sex marriage is... Read More »

Restaurant Workers Group Targets Darden In Race-Discrimination Lawsuit

Restaurant Workers Group Targets Darden In Race-Discrimination Lawsuit

It's been nearly 50 years since landmark passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that among other things prohibited discrimination in employment based on race or national origin. But that doesn't mean blacks and other minorities don't still face discriminatory practices on the job. One such allegation in... Read More »

Have You Experienced Violence In The Workplace?

Have You Experienced Violence In The Workplace?

By Debra Auerbach The idea of workplace violence is frightening, but it's one of those situations where someone might think, "It won't ever happen to me." Yet a new survey reveals some startling statistics about the prevalence of violence, or intent of violence, in the workplace. Read More »

Wisconsin Set To Empty The Pot Of Money For Discrimination Victims

Wisconsin Set To Empty The Pot Of Money For Discrimination Victims

In the last few years, Wisconsin has become a battleground between labor sympathizers and pro-business Republican politicians. And those on the former side are about to face another loss. Under pressure from business leaders, the State Assembly passed a bill to eliminate compensatory and punitive damages in... Read More »

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