Tag: discrimination

Cost of Working From Home Is Still Unclear

Pay equity has become an important issue in California employment law. It is now a concept of both general fairness and discrimination. For example, employers may not ask about prior salary history because it has been linked to discriminatory factors and reliance on it perpetuates that discrimination. Similarly, the California Equal Pay Act (EPA) requires […]

Faces of HR: Allyship is an Action Verb for Ashley T. Brundage

Today, more HR managers and organizations understand the need for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, but we still have a way to go. We must be the change we want to see in the world. This starts with increasing your awareness, respecting one another, listening to one another, and focusing on the power of […]

Alleged Casting Couch: Sex in Return for a Promotion

An employee who claims she was discriminatorily deprived of a promotion must file the claim within a limited period after the discriminatory conduct occurred. Some courts say the claim arises when the employer decides not to provide the promotion. Other courts say it’s when the employer actually fills the job. Which is correct? Neither, said […]

Reassigning Disabled Employee to Another Job May Violate ADA

If disabled employees can’t be reasonably accommodated in their current job, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires you to consider reassigning them to a vacant position they are qualified to perform. Under the Act, however, reassignment isn’t a preferred accommodation. As the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals emphasized in a recent case, you […]

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7th Circuit Sends Sex-Based Salary Comments Back to the 1950s

As any high schooler with a smartphone will tell you, your words can haunt you long after you utter them. One high school recently learned the same is true for its employees, thanks to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Read on to see why the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose decisions apply […]

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Virginia’s New Office of Civil Rights to Target Bias

Virginia Attorney General (AG) Mark Herring has launched a new Office of Civil Rights to help protect residents from discrimination. The move is seen as a response to the cultural awakening the nation experienced in 2020 after high-profile police shootings and the recognition that once-common offensive behavior toward certain gender groups is no longer acceptable […]

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House Passes Equality Act: What Employers Need to Know

The Equality Act, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, passed the U.S. House of Representatives on February 25, but regardless of its chances of ever becoming law, employers are advised to review their policies and practices to guard against discrimination, attorneys who advise employers say.

Ohio Discrimination Law Changes Take Effect April 15

The Ohio General Assembly recently overhauled its employment discrimination laws and adopted several employer-friendly provisions. Governor Mike DeWine signed the Employment Law Uniformity Act (also known as House Bill 352) on January 12, 2021, and it will become effective on April 15.