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Equal Pay, But Maybe Not For You

Equal Pay, But Maybe Not For You

Executive orders cover only some women

President Obama signed two executive orders that address the fact that women make 77 cents on every dollar that a man earns. Problem solved? Well, no. Read More »

Exxon Mobil Accused Of Anti-Gay Bias In 'Groundbreaking' Complaint

Exxon Mobil Accused Of Anti-Gay Bias In 'Groundbreaking' Complaint

NEW YORK -- One after another, major U.S. corporations have updated anti-discrimination policies to protect gay, lesbian and transgender workers, drawing plaudits from gay-rights groups. There's one prominent exception: Exxon Mobil Corp. Read More »

Workers Forced To Practice Scientology, Feds Claim

Workers Forced To Practice Scientology, Feds Claim

Dynamic Medical Services in Miami allegedly forced its workers to spend at least half their workdays in courses that involved "screaming at ashtrays or staring at someone for eight hours without moving." Read More »

How To Win An Age-Discrimination Suit

How To Win An Age-Discrimination Suit

By Penelope Lemov When you lose your job at 45 or so, it's tempting to want to sue for age discrimination, especially if you received excellent annual reviews and were replaced by someone 20 years younger. While you may think you have an airtight case, the odds against winning could be low. What's more, you... Read More »

How Employers Mistreat Workers -- Legally [VIDEO]

How Employers Mistreat Workers -- Legally [VIDEO]

Most workers have had times in their careers when they felt they weren't being treated fairly by their employer. But the question remains: Is it illegal, and if so, what can I do about it? As part of AOL Jobs' web video series, "Lunchtime Live," employment lawyer and AOL Jobs blogger Donna Ballman fielded... Read More »

Feds Cut Way Back On Probes Of Worker Harassment, Discrimination Cases

Feds Cut Way Back On Probes Of Worker Harassment, Discrimination Cases

When it comes to enforcing the nation's labor laws, the agency responsible for investigating charges of discrimination and harassment has no shortage of work. Workers routinely file complaints with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which then investigates them and decides whether to bring suit against... Read More »

Hospital Worker, Francine Siddaway, Claims She Was Fired For Wearing Egyptian Makeup

Hospital Worker, Francine Siddaway, Claims She Was Fired For Wearing Egyptian Makeup

Addenbrooke's Hospital apparently didn't like the Queen Nefertiti look, after all. Twenty-eight year old Francine Siddaway had been a cleaner at the Cambridge, England, hospital for three and a half years when she says her bosses suddenly asked her a "toning down or removal" of her make-up. Read More »

Man Denied Job Because He Isn't A Born-Again Christian, Lawsuit Says

Man Denied Job Because He Isn't A Born-Again Christian, Lawsuit Says

Religious organizations are legally allowed to reject job applicants because of their religious beliefs. But even if Voss Lighting believes, as its website states, that its "biblical mission" is to sell lighting products, that doesn't make it a religious institution under U.S. law. So when Voss allegedly... Read More »

Epileptic Worker Denied Nursing Home Job, Gets $80,000 And Apology

Epileptic Worker Denied Nursing Home Job, Gets $80,000 And Apology

Pamila Bourasa has epilepsy but has not had a seizure since 1980, thanks to medicine she takes. So when the 57-year-old resident of Vale, Ore., was hired to be a cook at the Pioneer Place Assisted Living Facility, she didn't think much about letting her new employer know that she might get a positive result on... Read More »

Christian Nursing Home Fires Nurse After Learning She Is HIV-Positive

Christian Nursing Home Fires Nurse After Learning She Is HIV-Positive

Telling your co-workers that you're HIV-positive might make many people nervous. But the nurse was working at the Christian Care Center, a faith-based elder care facility whose motto is "Caring Is Our Calling." So during her first month on the job, the licensed practical nurse alerted her co-workers that she... Read More »

Bill to Ban Employers' Facebook Snooping Introduced In Congress

Bill to Ban Employers' Facebook Snooping Introduced In Congress

Should some members of Congress get their way, employers will soon be banned from snooping in your Facebook page. Two lawmakers introduced a bill that would make it illegal for employers to require applicants and employees to divulge personal online information for social-networking sites, including... Read More »

Big Business Fights To Preserve Employers' Use Of Background Checks

Big Business Fights To Preserve Employers' Use Of Background Checks

In the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks, it's become commonplace for employers to rely on background checks to vet potential employees. But with allegations of employer abuses, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission now is weighing whether to limit employers' rights to use background checks to... Read More »

Is The Ad Industry As Racist As It Was In 'Mad Men' Era?

Is The Ad Industry As Racist As It Was In 'Mad Men' Era?

Racism is an unspoken given on "Mad Men." But while Don Draper and Sterling Cooper may provide a glimpse at the societal norms of a long lost era, it turns out that some things in the advertising business may not have changed much since the 1960s. At least according to a flurry of recent news reports. Read More »

Employer Can't Fire A Worker For Being Obese, EEOC Says

Employer Can't Fire A Worker For Being Obese, EEOC Says

By most accounts, Lisa Harrison was a dedicated, hardworking employee. A manager of child-care services for children of patients at Family House, a Terrytown, La., drug treatment center, Harrison even moonlighted selling cosmetics so that she could buy gifts and supplies for the children. But she also was... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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