Following the leads of the U.S. 2nd Circuit and 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes Michigan) continues the expansion of the definition of “sex” under Title VII and recognizes that discrimination on the basis of transgender and transitioning status or gender identity is discrimination on the basis of sex.
In a case decided Monday by the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, the full court in an en banc hearing definitively decided that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers sexual orientation as a protected class. What makes this case extremely interesting is that the EEOC and U.S. Department of Justice both filed briefs taking diametrically opposing positions.
Employers who use Facebook job ads to help with their recruiting practices need to be cautious in how they use this approach to reach applicants. A recent federal court lawsuit filed in San Francisco charges 13 companies including Amazon, T-Mobile, and Cox Communications, Inc. with using Facebook’s ad targeting tools to exclude older Americans from job opportunities.
Most employers understand the importance of having a diverse workforce and take positive steps to implement diversity initiatives in their training and recruitment programs. Despite these efforts, unconscious bias can still come into play when it comes to both hiring and employment related decisions.
Ban-the-Box laws were instituted with the idea that by delaying the point in the hiring process in which an employer can ask an applicant about conviction history, the applicants would have a fair chance at gaining employment, but do the laws work?
According to US Census statistics, 57% of women work outside the home, compared with 69.2% of men. Fed Chairperson Janet Yellen stated that “[o]ne recent study estimates that increasing the female participation rate to that of men would raise our gross domestic product by 5%.” So why aren’t more women in the workforce?
Solely based on Federal law…yes. A federal court ruled last week that it is legal to pay female employees less than men if it is based on past salary history. This decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a previous ruling that stated that pay differences solely on past salary history were discriminatory, based on the Equal Pay Act.
A current question before the Trump Administration is whether the OFCCP has outlived its usefulness. The Heritage Foundation rightly asks whether there is a need for the OFCCP given that many of its current initiatives are the purview of other agencies. Moreover, there is a real question of the effectiveness and ROI of the agency.
I was recently surprised to find out that an estimated 1 in 5 employees suffers from some form of mental illness. This led me to dig a little deeper into this topic and find out what is causing this and what corporate leadership can do to prevent it and handle it when it happens.
Empathy is hard to learn and nearly impossible to teach. It’s a skill that is part of the national workforce’s soft skills gap that is continuing to widen. But some companies, like Ford, are developing new creative ways to bridge this skills gap.
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