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May 22, 2009
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Diversity Amid Uncertainty
from Las Vegas Business Press
Fred Keeton recalls having to sit on a crate in the back room of a doctor's office because the then-young black American wasn't allowed in the whites-only waiting room. The incident took place decades ago in the deep South. Today, segregation experiences such as that one seem worlds away, as the now 52-year-old Harrah's Entertainment executive looks at all the business opportunities afforded Las Vegas' eclectic groups of entrepreneurs. More

Obama's Uphill Battle to Reform Health Care
from U.S. News & World Report
About a week ago, President Obama stood at a podium flanked by six health care leaders and announced what he called "a watershed event in the long and elusive quest for health care reform." As he spoke, some of the men nodded in agreement; others, looking straight ahead, were almost expressionless. As it turned out, the event was just the first day of a weeklong push for business leaders to hear ideas on lowering health care costs. More

Workplace Discrimination Bill Approved
from Wisconsin Radio Network
Manitowoc, Wis., democrat, state Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer, said the Equal Pay Performance Act (SB-20) "creates a brand new army of second guessers trolling for money, for weaknesses in the paperwork. Bounty Hunters." Ziegelbauer said the legislation "tells managers, tells businesses, tells investors, that instead of looking to grow and prosper, they need to look over their shoulder, every second." More

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Workplace Diversity Grows, but Not At the Top, Report says
from The Boston Globe
Organizations in Boston say they have improved overall workplace diversity, but that minorities are underrepresented at the highest levels, with 23 percent reporting they have no people of color on their leadership teams. More

Study: U.S. Workers Paying More for Health Care
from Reuters
Health care costs for Americans who get medical coverage through an employer hit a record $16,771 per family this year, and they are having to pay more themselves, according to a recent report. Employers trying to save money in the current recession have forced workers to take on a greater portion of their health care costs, according to Milliman Inc., the consulting firm that prepared the report. More

The First Lady's Diverse Approach to Diversity
from Newsweek
There have been plenty of un-veiling ceremonies for new statues at the U.S. Capitol. But when Michelle Obama peeled the cover off the bronze bust of abolitionist Sojourner Truth recently, the moment was heavy with symbolism. More

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Being Transgender is Not a Mental Disorder
from Beyond Chron
In 1971, the Gay Liberation Front at Temple University in Philadelphia learned that the college’s counseling program was routinely referring gay men to the Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute for aversion therapy treatments to “cure” them of their homosexuality. More

Peaceful Revolution: Another Blow to Women
from Huffington Post
In January, President Obama made the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act the first bill he signed into law, reversing the effects of a devastating Supreme Court decision in the fair pay case, Ledbetter v. Goodyear. Just four months later, we're faced with another deeply disappointing Supreme Court ruling that forces women to pay a high price today because their employers discriminated yesterday. More


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