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June 2011 Archives

Best Buy settles discrimination lawsuit

Best Buy has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit filed in California in 2005 by a number of current, former and prospective employees. The plaintiffs accused the company of race discrimination and sex discrimination by refusing to provide desirable promotions, assignments and transfers to Latino, African-American and female workers, which violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Plaintiffs in Wal-Mart sex discrimination suit will keep fighting

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a sex discrimination class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart could not move forward. The lawsuit was brought by six women more than a decade ago against the world's largest private employer on behalf of current and former female employees of Wal-Mart, or up to 1.5 million women. The women claimed that Wal-Mart had systematically discriminated against women in pay and promotions.

Almost half of GLBT employees in closet at work

A new study has found that almost half of all college-educated workers in the U.S. who are gay are in the closet at work. The study was conducted by the Center for Work-Life Policy. According to Yahoo! News, the study found that 48 percent of college-educated gay and lesbian people employed in the U.S. do not share their sexual orientation with their work colleagues. The study found that these employees often lead double lives; they are open about their sexual orientation in their personal life, but keep it hidden at their workplace.

Supreme Court puts an end to Wal-Mart sex discrimination class action

A decade ago, six women filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart and sought class-action status so that the lawsuit could represent all current and former female employees of Wal-Mart, or about 1.5 million women. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the lawsuit could not proceed as a class action.

Sexual harassment case shows employers can do better

A jury awarded a record-breaking amount of damages to a woman who had sued her former employer, Aaron's Inc., for sexual harassment. The sexual harassment was egregious and shows that even if an employer thinks they have done everything right in training their employees on preventing sexual harassment, many employees may have still not fully understood the message.

One billion of world's people living with a disability

A recent survey done by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank found that about 1 in 7 people in the world are living with a disabling condition, or more than 1 billion people. This means about 15 percent of the world's population has a disability. The WHO believes that the number of disabled people in the world will rise as the population grows older.

Voters support federal law to protect gay and transgender workers

The Center for American Progress reported recently on a Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research poll of the voting public in the U.S. that found strong support for anti-discrimination measures to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the workplace.

Hotels offering panic buttons to employees to prevent sexual harassment, assault

Following the alleged sexual assault of a maid by former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, some luxury hotels have decided to offer panic buttons to their employees. The alleged assault took place at the Sofitel hotel where the maid was employed. The maid said that she entered Strauss-Kahn's room to clean it and was attacked. Following the maid's report of the attack, Sofitel decided to give maids panic buttons to protect them against sexual harassment and possible assaults.

Tech employees' class-action lawsuit alleges antitrust violations in pay

The U.S. Department of Justice is currently looking into a class-action lawsuit that claims that employees of several Silicon Valley technology companies had their salaries and compensations unfairly capped by overly restrictive pacts between companies not to recruit each other's employees. The plaintiffs include employees of Google, Adobe, Lucasfilm, Apple, Intel, Pixar and Intuit. The lead plaintiff is a man who used to be employed by Lucasfilm and is now the founder and CEO of his own company.