Tag: Civil Rights Act

Paycheck Fairness Act 101

Even with the passing of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, paycheck inequality remains a problematic issue in today’s workplace. There are a lot of reasons behind this—some more objective and obvious, and some more subtle—but the fact remains that pay has not equalized despite that law passing more than 50 years ago.

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Which Industry Is More Favorable for LGBTQ Hiring?

As Anne-Valérie Hueschen—Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Voxbone—recently discussed, having a diverse workforce creates smarter teams. Hueschen says, “Diverse workforces reflect more of the world as a whole, which encourages multiple solutions to problems and fosters new ideas.”

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Jobseekers Do Not ‘Like’ Allegedly Biased Facebook Advertisements

Recruiting top talent to your organization can be a difficult task. Between the historically low unemployment rate and the cottage industry of jobs websites out there, it can be challenging to locate strong candidates and persuade them to join your business. In an effort to spread their message as widely as possible, an increasing number […]

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Avoiding Candidates with ‘Too Much Experience’ Could Land Employers in Hot Water

A 58-year-old attorney had too much experience to seek an in-house legal position with a healthcare products company. In a U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit—which covers Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin—decision, the court considered whether the “disparate impact” provision of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) covers job applicants or only current […]

Be Careful How You Word Your Job Ads, or Risk Violating Title VII

A little-known and rarely litigated provision in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment agencies from printing or publishing “any notice or advertisement” that indicates “any preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination, based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin” unless the protected category is a bona fide occupational qualification.

Wake Up! Tips for Avoiding a 'Hiring Snooze'

We’ve all heard the common saying “You snooze, you lose.” Put another way, if you don’t pay attention and do something right away, someone else will do it before you can and enjoy the benefit. Taking too long to complete the hiring process can have the same effect.

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Retailer Reaches Settlement Over Discriminatory Criminal Background Screening Policy

Target Corporation, the second-largest discount store retailer in the United States, has reached a settlement with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF) and the law firm of Outten & Golden LLP to resolve allegations that the company’s overly broad and outdated criminal background check policy discriminated against African-American and Latino applicants.

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Training to Prevent Sexual Harassment Suits

A substitute school custodian said she was pressured to have sex with a foreman in exchange for more hours and then retaliated against for refusing his advances and lodging a sexual harassment complaint. This case demonstrates the importance of training employees and supervisors on sexual harassment prevention and on protocols for reporting harassment.

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Can Favoring Foreign Hires Result in Fines?

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) promised to crack down on what it calls discrimination against U.S. workers who are being passed over in favor of temporary foreign workers. They recently made good on that promise in New Mexico.

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Watch Out: Gender Pay Equity Law Is on the Move

Gender pay equity is a perennial social, political, and ultimately legal issue in our country. Corporate general counsel and HR professionals have watched this issue ebb and flow, and we are now seeing a new flow, but not from where it was expected.