Diversity

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    People from around the world are coming to the United States in search of jobs and that influx of diversity provides employers with new talents and perspectives that richly enhance their workforce.  At the same time, employers must recognize the different languages, cultures, and religions in the workplace and learn how to...

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    Just as individuals don’t want to put all of their 401(k) money into one type of investment, employers don’t want to place the future of their companies in the hands of one type of employee. Employers know they need both engineers and salespeople, for example, not just one group or the other. Organizations need all kinds of skills,...

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    Discrimination, for the purposes of employment law, is any workplace action such as hiring, firing, demoting, and promoting based on a prejudice of some kind that results in the unlawful treatment of protected classes. With some notable exceptions, such as affirmative action, discrimination is strictly prohibited by a myriad of federal laws....

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    Q As part of my company's diversity efforts, I would like to reach out to some disability advocate groups to try to fill a few vacant positions. I'm afraid that by doing so, I may be opening up the company to reverse discrimination claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Are my fears justified? A First off, I applaud your company...
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    Everyone has unconscious or subconscious preferences. Generally, we all prefer to associate or socialize with people who share our background and interests. As a consequence, we often aren't aware of our preferences, identifying our behavior only when it's pointed out by someone else. Unfortunately, we carry our hidden biases into the workplace...
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    This month's "Case Tracker" looks at two types of discrimination: national origin and race. The employee in each case claimed discriminatory treatment, but the courts had a different view and dismissed the claims. 'European' is a protected class William McNaught, a professor at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), was born in the...
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    Freedom to believe and practice your own religion is a strongly held American value as well as a right recognized by the Idaho Human Rights Commission (IHRC) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the organizations charged with receiving and investigating claims of religious discrimination (and reverse religious discrimination) in...
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    Earlier this month, we saw a macabre fatal episode play out on the world stage while a somewhat related job discrimination charge was issued by the San Francisco office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC charge provides an object lesson about the need to maintain a civilized workplace—no matter how insane the...
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    The EEOC received 2,541 religious discrimination charges in 2006, and the numbers are growing... Last October, AT&T had to shell out $756,000 for religious bias against Jehovah’s Witnesses workers. A Phoenix jury recently awarded more than $287,000 in a religious discrimination suit against Alamo Car Rental, after the employer refused...
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    North Carolina is becoming increasingly diverse. Our state has added people of all races, nationalities, and religions. Increased diversity makes the workforce strong, but with it comes growing pains, particularly when outside events create tension within the workplace. Recently, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (which...
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