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DOJ to Supreme Court: Transgender Workers Are Not Protected by Civil Rights Law

Transgender discrimination is not prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) told the Supreme Court in a brief.

Report: Employers Try to Support LGBT Rights Around the Globe

Global employers that want to promote diversity and inclusion can support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and advocate for LGBT rights, even in countries with policies and attitudes that are hostile to those rights—if they approach their activities with care.

Viewpoint: How Golf Can Boost Your Workplace Inclusion Efforts

​Editor's Note: SHRM has partnered with BizEd Magazine from AACSB International to bring you relevant articles on key HR topics and strategies.Imagine a brand-new corporate office with modern furniture, warm colors on the walls, plush carpet. Inside, the employees are buzzing with creativity and enthusiasm. But there's something strange happening in this workplace: Some of the employees—primarily men—speak in a language that most women and minorities in the office do not unders

Availability, Use of Paternity Leave Remains Rare in U.S.

​The birth of his daughter and the near-fatal complications his wife, tennis star Serena Williams, endured after giving birth woke up tech entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian to the importance of paternity leave. In a New York Times opinion piece, Ohanian urged other fathers to take paternity leave when employers offer it.Some provide generous leave. Mothers and fathers working at Netflix can get an entire year of paid leave. And Microsoft only partners with vendors and suppliers who offer at least 12 w

New Rule May Allow Some Federal Contractors to Not Hire LGBT Workers

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a proposed rule Aug. 14 that would grant religious organizations under contract with the federal government the right to make employment decisions consistent with their religious beliefs. Advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals criticized the proposal as an attempt to permit discrimination.

DOL Clarifies Pension Obligations for Returning Military Members

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a fact sheet Aug. 8 addressing employers' responsibilities under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) to re-employed veterans who participate in an employer's retirement plan. The guidance is provided in the VETS USERRA Fact Sheet 1: Frequently Asked Questions-Employers' Pension Obligations to Reemployed Service Members under USERRA.USERRA seeks to eliminate or minimize the disadvantages ret

Section 1981 Claims Can Be Arbitrated

Employment-related claims alleging race discrimination in violation Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which prohibits race discrimination in contractual relationships, are subject to arbitration when an employment contract includes an agreement to arbitrate employment disputes, according to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Baltimore Company Ordered to Pay $16.3 Million in Race Bias Case

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co. of Baltimore must pay more than $16.3 million in lost earnings, benefits and interest to 2,336 black job applicants who were passed over for the company's management trainee program.

New York Governor Signs Law Prohibiting Hairstyle Discrimination

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation amending state law to explicitly prohibit discrimination based on hair texture or protective hairstyles as race-based discrimination.

Puzzled by How to Handle an Accommodation Request? Ask JAN for Tools, Techniques

​How should an employer handle employee requests for accommodation—whether for the short  or long term? The response may involve a return-to-work plan, service animals, modified duty or something else entirely. The employer wants to do the right thing, but what does that mean, and what is the employer's obligation under the law?Linda C. Batiste, J.D., principal consultant for the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), offered tools, techniques and resources on handling accommodation requests. JAN

Layoff Implementation May Be Challenged Under Title VII

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals cautioned that an employer is not immunized from scrutiny under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 simply because it asserts that the implementation of its layoffs were the result of a budget cut.

Decades of Experience Count in Executive Apprentice Program

​Gwen Kelly's 30-plus year marketing career came to a screeching halt in April 2018, when her department was reorganized. She'd been working at Walmart for nearly a dozen years in multicultural marketing and diversity and inclusion. What was the 60-something woman to do after suddenly being downsized?The answer came from a LinkedIn connection, who suggested she apply for the newly created Senior Cultural Apprenticeship Program at Sparks & Honey advertising consultancy in New York City. It wa

Autism at Work: Hiring and Training Employees on the Spectrum

​ Editor's Note: SHRM has partnered with TrainingIndustry.com to bring you relevant articles on key HR topics and strategies. Ever since researchers began using the word "autism" in the 1940s to describe certain patterns of behavior in children, it's been an often misunderstood diagnosis. Now, we know that it continues throughout the lifespan, and we know it involves a spectrum of symptoms. In fact, the latest edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnost

Tapping into the Senior Market

​In 25 U.S. cities with a population of 200,000 or more, at least 20 percent of city residents over age 65 are still working—and that's a stat that is likely to grow. As the unemployment rate continues to hover at record-low levels and employers are increasingly challenged to fill positions, especially those requiring specialized skills and experience, the senior labor market holds value that many are finding they can't afford to overlook. Whether they want to retain senior workers or reach out

Decision Not to Reappoint Worker After Lawsuit Was Not Retaliation

A maintenance employee at an Illinois college who was not reappointed 10 months after her discrimination claims against the college were dismissed could not prove discrimination or retaliation, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

Viewpoint: The Silencing of ESL Speakers

Many companies now understand that having a diverse and inclusive workforce brings real benefits, including higher-than-average profits. But while diversity and inclusion policies typically focus on overcoming biases based on race, ethnicity, disability, age, gender and sexual orientation, hundreds of millions of people are affected by another bias because they are not native speakers of the English language. Studies show that nonnative English speakers are considered by native English speakers

Hospital Legally Fired Pharmacist Who Finished Drug Rehab Program

Although employers must let employees participate in drug rehabilitation programs, a hospital did not violate California law by firing its pharmacy manager after she completed a rehab program, a California appeals court ruled.

Nurse Can Proceed with National-Origin and Age-Bias Claims

A 54-year-old registered nurse who was born in the Philippines and spoke English with a strong accent can move forward with her claims of workplace harassment based on age and national origin, a California appeals court ruled.

Women and Leadership: A Q&A with Rosina Racioppi of WOMEN Unlimited

​What is keeping women from moving into high-level leadership roles? Despite the prevalence of corporate programs to advance them, recent research from Working Mother Research Institute says women often aren't aware of—or don't know how to pursue—career opportunities, don't understand the importance of networking and building work-based relationships, and are afraid to take job risks when they don't have all the required skills.SHRM Online spoke with Rosina Racioppi, Ph.D., president and chief e

Different Treatment Results in Discrimination Claim Going to Trial

A female high-school assistant principal’s gender-discrimination claim could proceed to trial based on different disciplinary action taken against another assistant principal, a man, for similar workplace misconduct, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided.

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