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EEOC To Seek Rehearing In Trucker Harassment Case

EEOC To Seek Rehearing In Trucker Harassment Case

By Ryan J. Foley IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission planned Monday to ask a federal appeals court to reconsider a ruling that could hurt its ability to pursue class-action discrimination lawsuits on behalf of workers in the Midwest. Read More »

Trucker Harassment Class-Action Suit Backfires

Trucker Harassment Class-Action Suit Backfires

By Ryan J. Foley They were learning to become truck drivers but wound up in a nightmare. In detailed accounts to a federal agency, dozens of female employees of one of the nation's largest trucking companies told of being propositioned, groped and even assaulted by male drivers during cross-country training... Read More »

Worker Allegedly Fired Over Gary Coleman And Swastikas

Worker Allegedly Fired Over Gary Coleman And Swastikas

Employees often hang whimsical pictures on workplace walls to spruce up the decor and boost morale. But sometimes those pictures can profoundly upset morale. For example, if the pictures happen to include: a dollar bill with George Washington colored in black with a noose around his neck; and swastikas and a... Read More »

L.A. Fire Department Pays Firefighter Nearly $500,000 After Sex Abuse Jokes

L.A. Fire Department Pays Firefighter Nearly $500,000 After Sex Abuse Jokes

When Anthony Almeida's fellow firefighters learned that he had been sexually abused by a priest as a child, some apparently thought that was hilarious. It certainly proved great fodder for lewd jokes. But there's little to laugh at now -- as the Los Angeles City Fire Department recently agreed to pay Almeida... Read More »

Your Resume Should NOT Include A Headshot

Your Resume Should NOT Include A Headshot

By Erik Deckers Do not, do not, DO NOT include a photo with your résumé! Just don't do it. 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 »

Ready Mix Reportedly Settles Race-Bias Claims That Included Noose Display

Ready Mix Reportedly Settles Race-Bias Claims That Included Noose Display

A Southern supplier of concrete and cement products has reportedly agreed to pay $400,000 to seven black employees to settle federal charges that it discriminated against them by using racial epithets and displaying a noose at work sites in Alabama Black males employed at a Ready Mix USA plant in the... Read More »

Genetic Discrimination Cases On The Rise

Genetic Discrimination Cases On The Rise

Moments after birth, the exact time and cause of death of every human being is determined through a genetic test. Those with a high likelihood of a disease or a learning disorder, or a lower life expectancy, are then resigned to a menial job. This is the world of "Gattaca," a 1997 film set in the... Read More »

Advocates Push For Executive Order To Protect LGBT Americans

Advocates Push For Executive Order To Protect LGBT Americans

23 years before the Civil Rights Act, Franklin Roosevelt issued an executive order that banned the federal government, including the armed forces, from discriminating on the basis of race, color, creed, or national origin. Now advocates are hoping president Obama will do something similarly radical for the... Read More »

Tire Dealer Charged With Bias Against Women

Tire Dealer Charged With Bias Against Women

When a company hires over 1,000 new employees over a period of three years, and none of them are women, there is likely something suspicious. Mavis Discount Tire, which owns Cole Muffler, and has 130 locations across the Northeast, is allegedly guilty of exactly that, and The Equal Employment Opportunity... Read More »

Federal Job Discrimination Complaints Rose To All-Time High Last Year

Federal Job Discrimination Complaints Rose To All-Time High Last Year

By Sam Hananel WASHINGTON -- Federal job discrimination complaints rose to an all-time high last year, led by an increase in bias charges based on religion and national origin. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received nearly 100,000 charges of discrimination during the 2011 fiscal year, the... Read More »

Pepsi Beverages Pays $3.1 Million In Racial Bias Case

Pepsi Beverages Pays $3.1 Million In Racial Bias Case

By Sam Hananel WASHINGTON -- Pepsi Beverages Co. will pay $3.1 million to settle federal charges of race discrimination for using criminal background checks to screen out job applicants -- even if they weren't convicted of a crime. The settlement announced Wednesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity... Read More »

Disability Employment Resources 101

Disability Employment Resources 101

By Sarah Laugtug, career consultant and executive editor of ilivewithadisability.com The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released the October 2011 disability employment data, and the news was encouraging. According to the news release, unemployment for people with disabilities ages 16-64 was 13.2... Read More »

The Pregnant Job-Seeker: What You Should And Shouldn't Do

The Pregnant Job-Seeker: What You Should And Shouldn't Do

By Calli Tapler With 66 million women in the U.S. workforce, it is inevitable that some women will be searching for a new job while pregnant. There are a myriad of valid reasons why an expectant mom would be searching for a new job, such as company layoffs or a need for change (not to mention needing financial... Read More »

Feds Sue Colorado Hampton Inn For Firing Non-Hispanic Workers

Feds Sue Colorado Hampton Inn For Firing Non-Hispanic Workers

The federal government is suing a Hampton Inn franchise in rural Colorado on behalf of at least three white and non-Hispanic employees who say that they were fired based on negative stereotypes, according to the lawsuit filed last week. The suit alleges that Century Shree Corp. and Century Rama Inc., owners... Read More »

600-Pound Forklift Operator Claims His Dismissal Is Weight Discrimination

600-Pound Forklift Operator Claims His Dismissal Is Weight Discrimination

It was the seatbelt extender that did him in. When Ronald Kratz alerted his superiors at a Houston-based plant run by BAE Systems that he was having trouble buckling the seatbelt of a forklift that he was operating, he suggested he use a seatbelt extender. Read More »

When The Empire Strikes Back: A Lesson About Workplace Retaliation

When The Empire Strikes Back: A Lesson About Workplace Retaliation

Kyle Walski had joined Smythe Brothers Finance Group at its inception in the mid-'70s, when he finished his MBA. Peter and Rick Smythe had a dynamic vision to plan retirement packages for clients. Kyle was enamored by their creativity and turned down a six-figure job in San Francisco to join the Smythes'... Read More »

Dollars From Donuts: Shop Settles Sexual Harassment Case

Dollars From Donuts: Shop Settles Sexual Harassment Case

You might think that a doughnut shop would be a relatively harmless place to work for high school kids wanting to make a little extra money in their spare time. But the Wynantskill Dunkin' Donuts in New York state turned out to be hazardous to some female employees' peace of mind, and just settled a hefty... Read More »

Sexual Harassment Still Pervasive in the Workplace

Sexual Harassment Still Pervasive in the Workplace

Want to hear a collective groan throughout your office? Mention a mandatory sexual harassment meeting. "Nobody ever wants to sit through that three-hour seminar of old, grainy videos and lectures," says human resource manager Karen Holt. And yet, sexual harassment continues to be a pervasive force in the... Read More »

Retaliation in the Workplace Exceeds Race-Based Claims for First Time

Retaliation in the Workplace Exceeds Race-Based Claims for First Time

In an ideal world, everyone would just get along. There would be no bullies at schools or shootings at supermarkets, and of course there wouldn't be any conflicts in the workplace. But, unfortunately, in any place or situation where you mix together a lot of different people and their personalities, you are... Read More »

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