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Workplace Discrimination Archives

SCOTUS: ADEA applies to all sizes of public sector employers

A unanimous, eight-member Supreme Court has just ruled that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) applies to public sector employers regardless of their size. The law prohibits employment discrimination against those 40 and older. The ruling will allow two firefighters to pursue age discrimination claims against their small Arizona fire district.

Is IBM 'cutting old heads' by targeting layoffs at those over 40?

According to the independent newsroom ProPublica, since 2012, IBM has laid off at least 20,000 employees age 40 and over. In fact, in the past 5 years alone, about 60 percent of IBM's total U.S. job cuts have involved people 40 and over.

What kinds of ad targeting discriminate against people 40 and up?

According to the EEOC, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits discrimination against people aged 40 and over in any aspect of employment. That includes discrimination anywhere in the hiring process, including in advertisements and job notices and pre-employment inquiries.

The number of female CEOs at top-tier companies is declining

Among the publicly traded companies included in the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index, only 4.8 percent of the leaders are women -- and that percentage is going down. Part of that is because the overall number is quite small. There are now only 24 female chief executives in the index.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act protects many women's rights

Being a woman in the workplace can have significant challenges. Although positive strides have been made to end discrimination against women in various industries, there are still unfortunate incidents of discrimination, even in New York.

Fox News settles 18 race, sex discrimination suits for $10 million

Fox News has been making some changes since the sexual harassment scandals that roiled the company last year. Chairman Roger Ailes and host Bill O'Reilly were forced out after lawsuits and reports revealed that they had sexually harassed women and then silenced their accusers with confidential settlement agreements. The network was ultimately revealed to harbor a culture where Ailes was free to harass young women and sexual harassment was tolerated overall. Both men were ousted.

Minority workers still facing discrimination in STEM fields

There are over 17 million workers employed in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations, with jobs quadrupling since 1990. STEM jobs offer higher pay, about two thirds more than non-STEM jobs. The racial and gender earning gaps are narrower in STEM occupations.

AP finds African-Americans still excluded from high-wage jobs

It has been 50 years since the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- and longer still since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 promised to end to workplace discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion or sex. While it is certain that the situation has improved for many people of color in America, we still have a long way to go.

Of 118 sex discrimination complaints, Microsoft found 1 credible

Thanks to a potential class action lawsuit against Microsoft, information has been released about how many gender discrimination and sexual harassment complaints the company received, along with how it handled those complaints. Between 2010 and 2016, women working technical jobs at Microsoft in the U.S. filed 238 internal complaints about sex discrimination or sexual harassment. Of those, 118 were for sex discrimination.

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