May 2019 Newsletter

Most charges were down, but sex harassment, LGBT charges were up. On Wednesday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released its charge-filing statistics for fiscal year 2018, which ran from October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018. According to Law360, EEOC charges in FY 2018 were at their lowest level since 2006. Yes, 2006. When George W. Bush was President of the United States. Before the Americans with Disabilities...
Jonathan Baum worked as a scheduler for Metro Restoration Services. In late 2014, he began have cardiac problems. Over the course of the next several months, he went to the ER fearing a heart attack, had a heart catheter implanted, had an echocardiogram, and wore a heart monitor. He occasionally also missed work for medical tests and treatments, and sometimes worked remotely. His boss, and the owner of Metro, Patrick Cahill, was aware of all of...
I am General Counsel at a large, well-known company. We handle all Diversity & Inclusion initiatives for our company within our Legal Department, which I oversee. Our HR team is really pushing us to approve company-wide “implicit bias training.” I’m having a hard time endorsing the idea, and I can’t help but wonder: Am I the only GC who has concerns about this kind of training? What am I missing?     ...
Cynet Systems, an IT and engineering staffing company, had a viral mess on its hands over the weekend, after it posted a job that asked for candidates “Preferably Caucasian.” Helana McCabe asked a very simple question on Twitter: Uh, hey @cynetjobs - what’s with this?  Your job listing for a mid-senior level business development position’s top qualification is “Preferably Caucasian”  How could you POSSIBLY think...
Michael Woods, a mortgage banker at Quicken Loans, was having a bad day at work. A customer Woods had helped four years ago had been trying to get in touch with a Client Specialist; the company routed the call to Woods because of their prior relationship. He aired his grievance to a co-worker, Austin Laff, while they were in the bathroom together. "The client should get in touch with a fucking Client Care Specialist and quit wasting my fucking...
Instead of my annual equal pay rant, I'll be positive.   On April 2, I finally made as much money as men got during calendar year 2018. (Darn! I forgot to wear red!) In other words, it took me 16 months to earn what men earned in only 12 months. Pondering this sad state of affairs, I have hit upon the greatest idea ever. I want to be the lead plaintiff in a nationwide equal pay class action lawsuit. The defendants will be...