Monday, February 9, 2015

That is SO last week

Last week, the EEOC released its fiscal year 2014 enforcement and litigation data.  While agency-initiated litigation was up slightly, to 133 lawsuits, the overall number of charges of discrimination filed was down.  The EEOC cites the government shutdown as the primary reason for the decrease.

In its press release and corresponding tables, the EEOC describes the types of charges that make up the 88,778 it processed during FY 2014.  The most common basis?  Retaliation, which was alleged in 42.8% of charges.  Race discrimination charges were the second most frequently filed, followed by sex discrimination charges.  30% of all charges filed contained allegations of harassment, including sexual harassment and harassment on the basis of race, disability, or other protected class status.

In other developments:

Discrimination
  • Racist comments mean a trial for Dollar General even where the employee did not suffer an adverse employment action.
  • Fast Company covered MomsRising, an organization that advocates for paid leave, equal pay, and gender equality.
  • The EEOC announced a new resource guide to help employers recruit, retain, and promote individuals with disabilities.
  • The “Onionhead” lawsuit continues with the employer arguing that the EEOC’s efforts to reach more employees are unlawful.
Technology
  • Josh Bersin announced that geeks have arrived in HR.
  • SmartRecruiters made the case for great software in HR.
  • TLNT argued that email should be restricted at work.
  • Undercover Recruiter counted down the best Facebook apps for recruiting.
Wage and Hour
  • Remember, individuals – including managers and HR staff – can be sued under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Wage & Hour Insights discussed whether nonprofits can accept volunteers under the FLSA.
Posted by: Kate Bischoff 
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