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May 09, 2018

There are probably worse ideas, but I can't think of any right now. Legislation is pending in Minnesota (House File 4459) that would expressly remove the "severe or pervasive" requirement for a sexual harassment claim under the state Human Rights Act.  According to news reports, the measure has bipartisan support in the state legislature,...

May 08, 2018

Our boss is really pushing for us to increase our number of diverse employees. I see his point—we are a predominantly white and male workforce, though we have more than 150 workers. My managers had a meeting to set some hiring targets and now we are evaluating some recruiting ideas. We are considering: (1) giving bonuses to managers who...

May 07, 2018

“Onionhead” teaches people to direct their emotions in a truthful and compassionate way. It is central to the teachings of the Harnessing Happiness Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to emotional knowledge and intelligence, conflict resolution, and life handling skills. Onionhead is also central to a religious discrimination...

May 04, 2018

An important victory for age plaintiffs. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled last week that an outside job applicant can assert a "disparate impact" claim under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act. "Disparate impact," as you may recall, applies when an employer's neutral policy or practice has a...

April 26, 2018

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important decision last week in Rizo v. Yovino, holding that an employer may not use an employee’s prior salary history to justify gender pay disparity under the federal Equal Pay Act. Aileen Rizo was hired as a school teacher in Fresno County in 2009.  In her prior position, Rizo had earned a...

April 25, 2018

Michelle Bailey worked in the human resources department of Oakwood Healthcare. During her maternity leave, her immediate supervisor and others assumed her responsibilities, and discovered certain deficiencies in how she performed her job.Discovery of those deficiencies led the supervisor to review Bailey’s qualifications as set forth in her...