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Workplace Discrimination Archives

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.

Appeals courts rule Title VII protects gay, transgendered workers

Two federal appellate courts have recently ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation and transgendered status. They reasoned that the law's prohibition against discrimination "because of sex." Past rulings have found that gender discrimination includes situations in which a person fails to conform to gender stereotypes.

Which type of employment discrimination complaint is most common?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently announced its results from Fiscal Year 2017, which ended on Sept. 30 of last year. It received 84,254 charges of discrimination last year and resolved 99,109 -- reducing its overall workload by 16.2 percent. It also handled over 540,000 inquiries on its toll-free number and another 155,000 at its field offices.

Supreme Court may decide how much leave is required by the ADA

When an employee has a disability that requires leave from work, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires their employer to provide 12 weeks of unpaid leave and hold the employee's job open for their return. More leave may be required by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), but the federal circuit courts of appeal have come to different conclusions. Now, a plaintiff has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on whether the ADA mandates additional leave.

How can I prevent misconduct and create a friendly workplace?

In one scenario of an ideal world, there would be no need for rules about behavior. Everyone would hold to what one Midwest radio personality we know of derisively calls the "Euphorian view" – a philosophy that pursues "mechanisms to alleviate the struggle to achieve."

These signs point to age discrimination

It seems like no matter how many laws are passed, discrimination in the workplace is still a problem for many people. Some forms, such as age discrimination, are even becoming more frequent. Part of the reason for this uptick in age discrimination is the number of baby boomers in the workforce.

Lawsuit: TSA used reorganization as pretext for discrimination

A class of some 300 current and former air marshals claims that the Transportation Security Administration used a cost-saving and reorganization plan to weed out older, more highly compensated employees in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

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