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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.