Is Diversity a Serious Goal for Organizations?

22 September 2020

Is Diversity a Serious Goal for Organizations?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Given all the events in the past few months, diversity has been a focus for many organizations.  More specifically, there have been a number of pledges to have greater diversity.  Jaime Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, took a knee with employees to protest racial injustice in law enforcement.  There have also been a number of marketing changes by organizations to promote the diversity theme.

Discrimination Cases May Be Easier to Prove Because of the LGBTQ Supreme Court Decision

8 September 2020

Discrimination Cases May Be Easier to Prove Because of the LGBTQ Supreme Court Decision

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The Bostock decision on LGBTQ rights under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act was a civil rights victory long coming.  From the American perception of same sex marriage to LGBTQ rights, the country took a mighty swing to a new direction since the 1990s when the Defense of Marriage Act was enacted by Congress under the Clinton Administration.  The decision itself was groundbreaking in that it was a 6-3 decision with two of the “conservative” justices voting with the...
Hiring for Culture Fit – Good or Bad?

11 August 2020

Hiring for Culture Fit – Good or Bad?

Author: Sheila Hoover

Culture fit in a company is just as important, if not more important, as skills fit.  We can train on the skills, as long as the basics are there.  We cannot change how a new employee fits into our culture.

Resolving Workplace Discrimination and Unconscious Bias Takes Work, Survey Shows

28 July 2020

Resolving Workplace Discrimination and Unconscious Bias Takes Work, Survey Shows

Author: Kevin Marrs

The American Management Association (AMA) released a survey highlighting the significant gap that exists between organizational policy and day-to-day practices.  Their survey, the Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Survey, shows that simply having a diversity & inclusion (D&I) policy in place does not effectively solve the problem of discriminatory practices, whether deliberate or unwitting.
30-Year Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

21 July 2020

30-Year Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Thirty years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed and signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990. It was a momentous event that was the number-one civil rights event of the decade. 

Why Words Matter

14 July 2020

Why Words Matter

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Implicit bias is a growing area of study and a recognized issue in the workplace.  An interesting issue that has generated much research is whether certain words commonly used in job postings are discouraging candidates in protected groups, in particular women, from applying for certain jobs.

Will the Recession Offset Racial and Economic Equity Gains?

7 July 2020

Will the Recession Offset Racial and Economic Equity Gains?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Before the pandemic and the closing of the economies, the long economic expansion from 2009 to 2020 saw an unemployment rate drop below 4%.  This growth created greater opportunities for those marginalized or otherwise not participating in the economy.  African Americans and Hispanics, workers stuck in low-paid jobs, and those with disabilities or criminal records, had accelerated pay growth and job opportunities.

Step Up Against Hiring Discrimination

30 June 2020

Step Up Against Hiring Discrimination

Author: Sheila Hoover

As talent acquisition professionals, we are all trained to hire the candidate who best fits the position description and company culture, no matter what race, religion, national origin, age, disability, or sexual preference the candidate is.  We know the consequences of not hiring the best skilled candidate because of bias in the workplace.  But do we really step up to ensure it does not happen?

The Supreme Court’s LGBTQ Decision Impacts Employer Sponsored Health Plans

30 June 2020

The Supreme Court’s LGBTQ Decision Impacts Employer Sponsored Health Plans

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Last month’s Bostock decision ruled that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ rights.  This decision has a number of subtle impacts that employers need to be cognizant of, including compensation and by extension employer sponsored health plans.

“No-Label” Explosion Versus Diversity in the Workforce

23 June 2020

“No-Label” Explosion Versus Diversity in the Workforce

Author: Anthony Kaylin

It seems we are living in an age where 1960’s racial and gender reporting requirements are archaic.  More workers are not identifying themselves by race/ethnicity and/or gender when applying for positions or when onboarding.

Supreme Court Rules That Title VII Covers LGBTQ Employees

16 June 2020

Supreme Court Rules That Title VII Covers LGBTQ Employees

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In a surprising six-three decision written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ rights (Bostock v. Clayton County Georgia, No. 17-1618 (June 15, 2020)).  Before the decision, 21 states had their own laws prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and seven more provided that protection only to public employees.  Michigan does not provide any...
Proposed Michigan Ballot Initiative Will Amend Civil Rights Act to Extend to LGBT Community

21 January 2020

Proposed Michigan Ballot Initiative Will Amend Civil Rights Act to Extend to LGBT Community

Author: Michael Burns

For years, if not decades, the debate over whether Michigan’s Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) covers LGBT has raged. Court challenges have been the preferred method to change the law, but the courts have been split over whether the characteristic of Sex enumerated in the law was intended to also cover sexual orientation.

3 December 2019

Yo Boomer! Ach, those Millennials!

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Is discrimination on the rise at the workplace?  It appears so.  According to a survey from Glassdoor and the Harris Poll of 1,100 U.S. employees across age groups, three out of every five workers have either witnessed or been a target of some form of discrimination at work, based on their age, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  Yet EEOC filings have steadily decreased over the years.

26 November 2019

Politics in the Workplace – Keeping it Civil

Author: Heather Nezich

Although conventional business wisdom has held that employees should check their political opinions at the door while at work, with the heated presidential election less than a year away that isn’t always the case. A new SHRM survey shows that not only are political conversations occurring at work, they're on the rise—and causing conflicts.

5 November 2019

Clear Job Titles and Descriptions Can Reduce Gender Bias in the Workplace

Author: Heather Nezich

Men are more likely than women to say they have more responsibility than their colleagues with the same job title, according to a new survey report by Clutch, a leading B2B ratings and reviews firm. More than one-quarter of men (26%) say they have more responsibility than colleagues with the same job title, compared to 18% of workers who are women. 

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