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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Ran Agency Like A Female 'Frat House,' Suit Charges

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Ran Agency Like A Female 'Frat House,' Suit Charges

There's been no shortage of government workers alleged to have engaged in bad behavior in recent years. The revelation last spring that the General Services Administration blew nearly $800,000 on an extravagant conference for its staff in Las Vegas is just one such example. But allegations that the nation's... Read More »

Discrimination Against The Unemployed Is Common, But You Can Fight It

Discrimination Against The Unemployed Is Common, But You Can Fight It

Ironically, it's easier to find a job when you already have a job. Unemployed job seekers are subject to a "damaged goods" bias; some employers assume a great candidate would already have a job. A new study, which will be presented at next month's Academy of Management's annual meeting, suggests there is... Read More »

How Do I Prove I'm Paid Less Than My Male Co-Workers?

How Do I Prove I'm Paid Less Than My Male Co-Workers?

A recent article in Newsweek discussed the continuing pay gap between men and women, and suggested some reasons why women still make less than their male colleagues. Another recent story discussed how female doctors are paid less than male doctors. I'm not going to argue here whether or not the pay gap is... Read More »

Former Casino Waitresses Sue, Claiming They Were Fired For Getting Pregnant

Former Casino Waitresses Sue, Claiming They Were Fired For Getting Pregnant

If the uniform doesn't fit, must you quit? That's a policy that two former cocktail waitresses are challenging, saying in a lawsuit that a Philadelphia-area casino illegally discriminated against them for becoming pregnant. The women, Alycia Campiglia, 27, and Christina Aicher, 31, both became pregnant in... Read More »

Told You're 'Over-Qualified'? 5 Words To Change The Employer's Mind

Told You're 'Over-Qualified'? 5 Words To Change The Employer's Mind

It's hard to believe you can be discriminated against for your experience, but it happens all the time. Here are two reasons why... Read More »

Ohio Jail Fights Women Guards' Discrimination Suit

Ohio Jail Fights Women Guards' Discrimination Suit

AKRON, Ohio -- The federal government has put its weight behind a discrimination lawsuit filed by female jail guards who said they are effectively being demoted because county officials don't want them watching over male inmates while showering or being strip searched. The 21 guards at the Summit County jail... Read More »

10 Things Employers Discriminate Against -- But Don't Tell You

10 Things Employers Discriminate Against -- But Don't Tell You

There is one truth every job seeker must understand: Hiring IS discrimination. With so many potential candidates applying to jobs these days, hiring managers have become very picky. The overwhelming selection forces them to look for ways to screen out applicants and narrow the choices. Here are 10 things that... Read More »

U.S. Forest Service Accused Of Discrimination Against Latinos

U.S. Forest Service Accused Of Discrimination Against Latinos

Seattle – The Forest Service is under fire for alleged discrimination against Latinos due to the use of Border Patrol agents as interpreters and law enforcement in stops involving Latinos on Washington state's Olympic Peninsula. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights within the USDA,... Read More »

Elite Private School Accused of Racial Epithets, Bullying Of Hispanic Workers

Elite Private School Accused of Racial Epithets, Bullying Of Hispanic Workers

Over the last 83 years, Landon School has turned thousands of boys into men. It has schooled them in the fundamentals of Western Civilization, rigorously instructed them in ethics and citizenship, and last year the private preparatory school sent 1 in 6 of its graduates off to the Ivy League. And this week,... Read More »

United Airlines Pilots File Racial Discrimination Suit

United Airlines Pilots File Racial Discrimination Suit

Two dozen black pilots alleged in a lawsuit on Tuesday that United Continental Holdings, the parent of United Airlines, passed them over for management promotions because of race. The world's biggest carrier denied the allegations and said it would fight them in court. Read More »

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 »

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