EEOC Makes Case for Obesity Discrimination

January 16, 2011 - by: Diversity Insight 2 COMMENTS

By Timothy M. Barber

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently sued an employer in New Orleans, Louisiana, claiming it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by firing a woman because she was obese. In the past, an employee’s obesity didn’t constitute a “disability” within the meaning of the ADA. However, in light of recent amendments to the Act, the EEOC is taking the position that firing someone because she is obese is now unlawful discrimination.

EEOC Files Obesity Discrimination Suit

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2010 Census Results

January 16, 2011 - by: Diversity Insight 0 COMMENTS

The Constitution mandates that the United State’s residents be counted every 10 years to determine the number of seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives. The U.S. Census Bureau has begin releasing the results from the 2010 Census, and here are the first strokes in the “new portrait of America” it paints:

  • On April 10, 2010, the official population of the United States was 308,745,538, which reflects a 9.7 percent increase between 2000 and 2010.

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When Religion and Politics Meet at Work

December 12, 2010 - by: Celeste Blackburn 0 COMMENTS

An old maxim says “never talk about religion or politics,” but how realistic (or even desirable) is that advice? And as the worlds of religion and politics collide, talk of one often crosses the line into speech about the other. While employers don’t want to trample on anyone’s right of free speech, they also can’t allow discrimination, harassment, or retaliation against employees based on their religious beliefs.

Muslim Backlash?

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OFCCP Stepping Up Enforcement

December 12, 2010 - by: Celeste Blackburn 1 COMMENTS

Earlier this year, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), which is responsible for ensuring that entities doing business with the federal government take affirmative action as required by Executive Order 11246, released its fiscal year 2011 budget request and enforcement initiatives. OFCCP director Patricia A. Shiu said she plans to implement full-scale aggressive enforcement efforts. The agency is better funded than before and ready to enforce affirmative action rules and focus on systemic discrimination. Government contractors are well advised to prepare themselves for more on-site reviews, including more thorough reviews of affirmative action plans than in the past. Other areas likely for review are contractor job advertisements, recruitment practices, hiring decisions, and pay.

Affirmative Action

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Christian Charity Immune from Religious Discrimination Claim

December 12, 2010 - by: Celeste Blackburn 0 COMMENTS

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on an individual’s religion. Unless, that is, your employer is a religious organization. When three former employees sued World Vision, the question was whether the Christian charity qualified for the exemption. In a recent decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, answered the question in favor of World Vision.

Employees Affirm and then Disavow Religious Belief

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Hate Crimes Fell 15 Percent in 2009

December 12, 2010 - by: Celeste Blackburn 0 COMMENTS

According to the 2009 Hate Crime Statistics report released by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, the number of hate crimes reported in 2009 fell about 15% from the previous year. Participating local law enforcement agencies reported a total of 6,604 incidents — down from 7,783 reported incidents in 2008 — involving 7,789 offenses as a result of bias toward a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, or disability.

Agencies that participated in the Hate Crime Statistics Program in 2009 represented over 295 million inhabitants, or 96.3% of the nation’s population. For each hate crime offense type reported, law enforcement must indicate at least one bias motivation. A single-bias incident is defined as an incident in which one or more offense types are motivated by the same bias. A multiple-bias incident is defined as an incident in which more than one offense type occurs and at least two offense types are motivated by different biases.

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Disability Etiquette: A Primer

November 14, 2010 - by: Diversity Insight 1 COMMENTS

The Disability Access Office in San Antonio, Texas, has published The Disability Etiquette Handbook. The handbook, which is on the web, covers a variety of issues. We thought we’d give you a sample.

Reception Etiquette

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DOL Launches Veterans Hiring Toolkit

November 14, 2010 - by: Diversity Insight 1 COMMENTS

In August, U.S. combat troops left Iraq, and President Barack Obama has said the military will start pulling troops from Afghanistan in July 2011. With this steady stream of military veterans coming back, inevitably some will end up in your application pools. Previously, we have discussed why hiring veterans makes sense. Now, the U.S. Department of Labor has released the Veterans Hiring Toolkit to help employers through the process of hiring veterans.

“Many employers have told us that they are interested in developing or enhancing a veterans hiring initiative for their company, but that they don’t know where to begin,” Assistant Secretary for the DOL’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service Ray Jefferson said in a press release announcing the launch of the toolkit. “This toolkit was created with these employers in mind. It’s designed to simplify the process and put valuable, vetted resources at the employer’s fingertips.”

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Ninth Circuit Reinstates Male Worker’s Harassment Claim

November 14, 2010 - by: Celeste Blackburn 2 COMMENTS

A federal trial court in Nevada apparently couldn’t believe that a woman’s sexual overtures to a male coworker would ever be unwelcome and rejected the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) attempt to file a harassment suit on his behalf. But in a recent decision, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington) disagreed. Sexual harassment laws protect men on the same basis as women.

Woman Preys on Male Coworker

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Veterans Day: November 11, 2010

November 14, 2010 - by: Diversity Insight 0 COMMENTS

On Thursday, November 11, Americans honored those who have served in the military. It was originally known as  “Armistice Day” and  celebrated first on November 11, 1919 — the first anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1926, Congress passed a resolution to make it an annual observance, and it became a national holiday beginning in 1938. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation changing the name to Veterans Day to honor those who served in all American wars.

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