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eNewsBrief: Hot Topics in Diversity
Sept. 25, 2009
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Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members,

Don't Miss the Institute's Diversity Dialogue: An inclusive work environment is not a happy accident. It requires us to challenge those we work with and ourselves to honestly see how we interact with "others," identify the biases we all possess as a result of the way we've been socialized, and manage through those biases successfully.

"The Hero’s Journey," scheduled for Wednesday, September 30th from 12-1:30 pm CT and presented by Jeff Mangrum, will provide the tools and skills supervisors/managers need to guide discussions of diversity and inclusion under ideal and less than ideal situations.

Please visit our Web site at for more details. As always, Diversity Dialogues are FREE for Institute members and $80 for non-members. If you have questions, please contact us at We look forward to your participation in this event.


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Gay Rights Supporters Seek Anti-bias Bill
from The Associated Press via Google News
Two openly gay members of Congress urged their colleagues to pass a sweeping job discrimination bill that would — for the first time — protect gays and transsexuals from workplace bias. More

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The Role of Racism in Health Care Debate
from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
David Scott is hardly a racial rabble-rouser. A veteran Georgia lawmaker before he won a Congressional seat six years ago, he represents a working-class district in the Atlanta suburbs, where he has established himself as a cautious legislator who works hard to hew to his district's moderate values. But Scott, who is black, is convinced that racism plays a part in the hysterical opposition to President Obama's health care reform proposals. More

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VA's Health System Top Employer for AARP
from PR Newswire
The health care network operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been named as one of the best employers this year for workers over 50 by the American Association of Retired Persons. "Quality care is what drives VA and is our primary mission," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "VA is proud to be recognized as a top employer for the most experienced employees." More

EEOC Sees Mental Health Stereotypes at Work
from The National Law Journal
The federal government is suing a North Carolina employer for what it calls a pervasive problem in the workplace: discrimination against employees with mental illness. In the federal suit filed n the Eastern District of North Carolina, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission contends that the Smith International Truck Center relied upon "myths, fears and stereotypes about mental impairments" when it unlawfully terminated an employee who took leave for a mental health issue. More


Study Shows Persistent Pattern of Discrimination Against Gay and Lesbian Employees by State and Local Governments
from PR Newswire
Unconstitutional discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation occurs with the same high frequency in state and local governments as in the private sector, according to Brad Sears, executive director of the Williams Institute. More

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Discrimination Claimed by Doctors in Detroit Hospitals
from The Michigan Citizen Newspaper
Ending disparity in health care is one aspect of President Obama’s reform mission. Increasingly, the battle for equality is also being waged in area hospitals by black physicians who are falling prey to large, profit-driven health care systems. As the only black, female surgeon at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Dr. LaCesha Brintley practiced medicine for almost two years until she was summarily suspended in October 2008. Brintley’s believes her race and gender played in her dismissal. More

Age Bias Charges Are Booming
from Kiplinger
Employers had better brace for a lot more age discrimination complaints this year and next, continuing a trend that started two years ago and continues to accelerate. Charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission jumped nearly 30 percent between fiscal 2007 and fiscal 2008. In fact, charges filed last year represented the highest volume in the history of the agency. More

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