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eNewsBrief: Hot Topics in Diversity
Aug. 28, 2009
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Why Racial Profiling Persists in Medical Research
from TIME magazine
While the rest of the country wrangled over the behavior of police officers in the wake of the Henry Louis Gates arrest last month, some scientists were pulling out their hair over racial profiling of a different kind: that perpetrated by medical researchers. Experts within the research community say a small but stubborn streak of racial profiling has long persisted in the medical literature, borne out in studies that attribute health disparities between blacks and whites not to socioeconomics or access to health care alone but also to genetic differences between the races a concept that implies that a biological category of race exists. More

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Confronting Health Disparities Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth
from Science Daily
Research indicates that the social stigma that surrounds lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teens leads to a variety of health risks such as substance use, risky sexual behaviors, eating disorders, suicidal ideation, and victimization. More

Why Most Diversity Initiatives Fail
from Reliable Plant Magazine
Over the past 20 years, it has become painfully obvious that the majority of diversity initiatives fail to achieve their stated goals and objectives. The reason for this failure can be made obvious by reviewing a recent job description for a diversity consultant at a major law firm. More

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EEOC Sues AT& T, Citing Age Discrimination
from The Washington Post
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against AT&T on Thursday alleging that the telecommunications giant is discriminating against older workers. The centerpiece of the suit is the charge that by company policy, AT&T will not rehire workers who have previously retired from the company. More

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English-only Practices in the Sacramento Workplace
from the Sacramento Workplace Examiner
California is known as one of the most ethnically diverse states in the nation. Minority groups now make up over half the state's population and nearly half the labor force. Diversity is not the exception, but the rule and a way of life for Sacramento workplaces. More


With Generations Mixing it Up in Workplace, Managers Face Diversity Challenge
from The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Managing four generations at work has become a key topic in human resources, experts say. The interest has been fueled not only by the mix of worker ages, but also by the potential for intergenerational conflict as workplaces experience layoffs and other cutbacks during the recession. More

Dell Settles Discrimination Suit for $9.1 Million
from PC World
Dell will pay US$9.1 million to settle a class-action lawsuit in which former employees accused the company of sex discrimination, the computer maker said. Of the total, $4.5 million will be paid out to the plaintiffs and $1.1 million will pay their lawyers and other legal costs. The other $3.5 million will go into a fund for base pay adjustments for current female employees who were part of the suit, subject to an equity review and salary analysis, Dell said. More

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Six Myths and Barriers to Inclusion for the Disabled
from Diversity Executive magazine
Race, religion and sexual orientation get much of the attention in the diversity and inclusion space. But providing opportunities for persons with disabilities to make a contribution to the workforce is also important. However, there are several myths and barriers that block people in this group from taking a spot in the workforce, and these have contributed to confusion about their capabilities in the marketplace, said Gary Dick, vice president of information systems at Bayer MaterialScience LLC. More

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