Tuesday, September 30, 2014

That is SO last week

Last week, for the first time, the EEOC initiated a lawsuit alleging sex discrimination on behalf of a transgender employee.  This comes a little over a month after the OFCCP announced new contractor compliance measures related to gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual employees. Both agencies have faced criticism from the Obama White House for slow action.
 
The EEOC’s action demonstrates its focus on addressing all forms of sex discrimination and underlines the importance of anti-discrimination policies and training.
 
In other developments:
 
Discrimination
  • The New York Times covered Google’s internal efforts to increase its workplace diversity by addressing hidden bias.
  • The EEOC settled an age discrimination claim with DSW Shoe Warehouse for $900,000.
  • A University of Georgia athletics official resigned amid an investigation into a workplace affair that resulted in a promotion and a raise for his female subordinate.

Technology
  • The NLRB provided an updated memorandum invalidating a social media policy.
  • Inc. provided an interesting infographic showing that the majority of employees – and millennials – believe face time remains a business essential despite new gadgetry.
  • Talent Management discussed the need for HR and IT to work together.         

     

Wage and Hour
  • The U.S. Department of Labor recapped their grant initiatives to combat worker misclassification.
  • Federal whistleblowers initiated an investigation into failure to pay overtime claims and an attempt to improve morale by taking employees to a Star Trek movie.
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Posted by: Kate Bischoff



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