Recently, at a company luncheon, I was asked about my favorite movie. Ask about the business and I’m quick with an answer. But the question about my favorite movie was nearly a stumper. I scrambled to come up with something and ultimately came up with a reply, but really wasn’t satisfied with my response. Well, […]
Employers have started hiring again and are often overwhelmed with huge numbers of resumes, even for entry-level positions. Some companies have decided that an effective way to identify the best candidates is to refuse to consider job applicants who are currently unemployed. But a number of human resources professionals, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), […]
The U.S. Supreme Court has just issued an important ruling in Ricci v. DeStefano. The case involved firefighters in New Haven, Connecticut who took a civil service test in order to determine who was eligible for promotion.
Can you scrap the results of a job qualification test if you discover after administering it that the test may be racially biased? The U.S. Supreme Court is considering this issue right now.
According to the Kansas City Star, a local jury has awarded more than $2.1 million to Melissa Howard, who said she was passed over for a Kansas City judgeship because she was white. A county assistant prosecutor, she was one of three white women who were finalists for the position but claims that the Kansas […]
We are trying to get ready for our EEO-1 reporting for September 2007, when the new form with the new breakdown of race and ethnicity comes into play. I have two questions: 1. Do we have to resurvey our employee population for this? How would we go about getting them to self-identify? And if they […]
The U.S. Supreme Court has weighed in on a case that underscores the importance of providing comprehensive antibias and harassment training for managers and supervisors.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers California, has upheld a $1 million punitive damages award to an employee who was subjected to repeated racial slurs and jokes with his supervisor’s knowledge. The new ruling, one of the largest of its kind, serves as a reminder that it’s imperative to take steps to prevent—and […]