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May 15, 2009
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How Hospitals Treat Same-Sex Couples
from The New York Times
That’s the challenge many same-sex couples face during health care emergencies when hospital security personnel, administrators and even doctors and nurses exclude them from a patient’s room because they aren’t “real” family members. The issue is addressed in a new report from The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights group, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. More

Diversity Quotas Will be a Pain for Employers
from Personnel Today
For many businesses focusing on surviving the current recession, winning public sector contracts is almost imperative. Yet, against this background comes the bombshell this month from equalities minister Harriet Harman that she intends to impose diversity quotas that organizations must meet if they are to secure these lucrative public service contracts. More

'White African-American' Suing N.J. Med School for Discrimination
from ABC News
Can a white guy be African-American? Paulo Serodio says he is. Born and raised in Mozambique and now a naturalized U.S. citizen, Serodio, 45, has filed a lawsuit against a New Jersey medical school, claiming he was harassed and ultimately suspended for identifying himself during a class cultural exercise as a "white African-American." More

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Doctors Group Fights Anti-Jewish Bias
from Canadian Jewish News
It was a question physician-activist Michael Bloom had clearly anticipated: does the world really need yet another organization dedicated to protecting Jews from the scourge of anti-Semitism? More

Kerry Introduces Legislation to End Gender Disparity in Individual Health Insurance Market
from Diversity Inc.
Sen. John Kerry has introduced legislation that would improve health care benefits for women in the individual market by preventing insurers from charging them more, denying or limiting coverage based on their pregnancy status or delivery method, and ensuring comprehensive maternity coverage. More

Gender Discrimination Begins Much Earlier than Exec Levels, Report Shows
from Workforce Management
Despite discussion regarding women hitting the glass ceiling once they reach the executive level, discrimination starts much earlier in their career, according to a recent paper by Development Dimensions International. “Holding Women Back,” which is based on responses from 12,800 leaders in 76 countries, found that women face gender discrimination from the very beginning of their careers. More

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Diversity - It's Good Business Sense
from Globe and Mail
One of the greatest challenges for any enterprise, large or small, is recruiting and retaining workers, a situation that is certain to escalate as baby boomers move into retirement. One way to meet the challenge, experts say, is to strengthen the recruitment of visible minorities. In fact, major corporations are fostering diversity in the workplace as good business sense, not only to reflect changing customer bases today, but as a strategy for the long term. More

Religious Discrimination Case Settled with Hospital
from The Tennessean
Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., has agreed to pay a former employee $70,000 in damages after denying him time off to make a pilgrimage to Mecca but admitted no wrongdoing when it settled the religious discrimination case. In late 2007, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit on behalf of Wali Telwar, a Muslim former Southern Hills medical technician who lives in Nashville. More

'Do White People Need to Share Power?'
from Diversity Inc.
Management of diversity in business doesn't require white people to share power and control. It requires equity in managing business relationships. Effectiveness demands that power and control are given to the most talented. Saying that white people need to share control assume that control should belong to them in the first place. More


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