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Sept. 10, 2010

Managed well, diversity can lead to innovation
The Chicago Tribune    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Attorney Steven Hunter wasn't looking for a job when a recruiter encouraged him to interview at Quarles & Brady. The fact that the firm had an African-American chairman, John Daniels Jr., influenced his decision to take a position. "That speaks volumes," said Hunter, a senior associate in commercial litigation and one of five African-American attorneys in Quarles & Brady's Chicago office. "You assume that a law firm that would promote an African-American to lead the entire firm embraces diversity." And it does, Daniels said. But the firm's interest in establishing a diverse workplace goes beyond recruitment. More

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How 5 generations can work together
Troy Media Corporation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Historically, the workplace consisted of two groups: the old-timers and the know-it-all, young hotshots. “The old-timers were the traditionalists, about-to-retire, stuck-in-the-past old-schoolers; the youngsters were the big-idea interlopers destined to climb the management ladder,” said Larry Johnson, Phoenix -based workplace training experts. Today, the workplace mix is a lot more complicated, according to the Johnsons. For the first time in history, there are five generations working side by side: the traditional generation (born pre-1945), baby boomers (born 1946-1964), generation X (born 1965-1980), generation Y (1981-1995), and the linkster generation (born after 1995). The Johnsons report that each generation has been influenced by the major historical events, social trends, and cultural phenomena of its time. More

Religious discrimination Ok'd by hospital seeking merger
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City commissioners in Tarpon Springs, Fla., voted earlier this week to allow hiring to be based on religion at Helen Ellis Hospital, according to the St. Petersburg Times. The vote, which was 5-0, brings the hospital one step closer to finalizing its merger with Adventist Health System, which is associated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In addition to removing the clause barring religious discrimination, AHS will introduce other Seventh-day Adventist policies, including no work for non-emergency workers and no major medical procedures conducted from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, and no pork or shell fish on the cafeteria menu, the Times reports. More

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'Diversity is a very powerful weapon'
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Fifty years ago, Joseph A. McNeil sat for 300 to 400 hours on a stool at a lunch counter in Woolworth's in Greensboro, N.C., achieving what turned out to be a lasting contribution to the civil rights movement. On Feb. 1, 1960, McNeil and three friends walked into Woolworth's, sat at the whites-only lunch counter and ordered a cup of coffee and a piece of apple pie. The waitress told them they would have to stand at another part of the counter, and they refused to move, starting a sit-in that spanned several months, until Woolworth decided to integrate its lunch counters nationwide. More

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Obama's EEOC: Employers can't discriminate against felons
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There is no Federal law that clearly prohibits an employer from asking about arrest and conviction records. However, using such records as an absolute measure to prevent an individual from being hired could limit the employment opportunities of some protected groups and thus cannot be used in this way. Since an arrest alone does not necessarily mean that an applicant has committed a crime the employer should not assume that the applicant committed the offense. Instead, the employer should allow him or her the opportunity to explain the circumstances of the arrest(s) and should make a reasonable effort to determine whether the explanation is reliable. More

Gender discrimination persists in the workplace
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Women may outnumber men in the workforce and on U.S. campuses, but gender discrimination hangs on stubbornly in the workplace. The oft-quoted statistic that women earn just 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man can be debated, as various complicating factors do enter the picture (such as education, experience, and choice of profession). But taking all that into account, women still earned less than men in 2007 in every industry and every occupational category, including those fields dominated by women. More

Protecting gay rights
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The heated legal and political battle over Proposition 8 might suggest that marriage equality is the last barrier to full participation in society for gays and lesbians. In fact, blatant discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation remains permissible in workplaces across the nation, an injustice Congress must rectify. Thanks to landmark laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, most workers must be judged on their abilities and job performance, not on irrelevant personal characteristics such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability. Gay, lesbian and transgender employees, however, are unprotected by the federal government. More

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McDonald's makes diversity about the bottom line
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How does a company that serves 56 million customers a day across 118 countries become a leader in diversity hiring and retention? According to the inclusion and diversity team at McDonald's, it takes a combination of knowing how to leverage a multicultural customer base, a C-suite-led commitment to talent management, and academic-style learning labs. At an event at McDonald's Hamburger University in Chicago, the diversity team explained how the company's emphasis on diversity is boosting McDonald's long term sustainability. More

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1-in-12 women sexually harassed in the workplace
Personnel Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One in 12 women has felt sexually harassed in the workplace but less than half have reported it to another member of staff, research has found. The study, carried out by HR consultancy Reabur, found that women often did not report sexual harassment because they felt it would affect their future career or that they would not be taken seriously. More

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No accountability? 21 percent of federal agencies don't submit EEO reports
Diversity Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Every year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission releases its annual report, informing the president and Congress of the state of equal-employment opportunity in the federal workforce. But critics say the annual report serves one other purpose: It magnifies what is currently wrong with the federal government's EEO system. More

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