EEOC settles San Jose national origin suit for $40,000

East San Jose-based Peters’ Bakery has agreed to settle charges the bakery’s owner verbally abused and harassed a Latina employee because of her national origin.

Jennie-O pays almost $500,000 to settle gender bias claims

The Jennie-O Turkey Store company—now owned by Hormel Foods but founded and still based in Willmar—has agreed to hire 53 women from a pool of previously rejected applicants.

Gay coaches' exit bringing more fallout to UM Duluth

A former director of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender services at the University of Minnesota Duluth is the latest ex-employee to sue the university.

Words matter at work: Is 'fitting in' code for bias?

Worried an employee won’t fit into a department dominated by members of a protected class? Watch out! A court might decide “fitting in” is code for bias.

In harassment cases, consider transfer to cut risk of continuing liability

Employees who have been sexually harassed or experienced other forms of discrimination over several years may be able to rely on the so-called continual violation doctrine to extend the period of time they have to sue.

Jealousy over affair isn't sex discrimination

Romantic relationships at work can spark all sorts of problems, from sexual harassment claims to discrimination. But not every negative consequence of a workplace romance is grounds for litigation, even if one or both paramours ends up being fired.

Two new HR issues in N.Y.: Association bias & disloyal employees

There have been two recent developments in New York of particular interest to HR professionals.

NYC human rights commission recognizes 31 genders

The list includes terms such as “androgynous,” “gender bender,” “gender gifted,” “third sex” and “pangender.”

Fired Muslim cop sues NYPD over beard ultimatum

A 10-year veteran of the New York Police Department is suing after being fired for refusing to shave his beard.

EEOC settles landmark sexual orientation case

Lesbian former employee sued saying she had been harassed because of her sexual orientation and fired in retaliation for complaining about it.

EEOC guidance targets national origin bias

The EEOC has released a draft of new national origin discrimination guidance, updating the document for the first time since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Snapshot: Prevalence of EEOC harassment charges

The EEOC received more than 28,000 harassment charges in Fiscal Year 2015.

Lubbock settles suit alleging police hiring bias

The city of Lubbock has settled a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit alleging that written and physical exams for Lubbock police jobs discriminated against Hispanic and female applicants.

Harassment charges can lead to defamation litigation

Sometimes employers find themselves in impossible situations. Take, for example, what can happen when an employee accuses another of sexual harassment.

DOL releases new sex bias guidance for contractors

For the first time in more than 40 years, the U.S. Department of Labor has issued new sex discrimination regulations for federal contractors.
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