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October 30, 2009
 
 
 


Dear ASHHRA & IFD Members,

The entire ASHHRA staff is currently out of the office at the ASHHRA 45th Annual Conference and Exposition. We are checking e-mails nightly and will be able to respond to you by the next business day. We will be back in the office on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Sincerely,


The ASHHRA Staff

Obama signs hate-crimes law rooted in crimes of 1998
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The year 1998 was dominated by the saga of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, but it also saw two horrific killings that led to a new federal law signed by President Obama. On June 7, in Texas, three white men chained an African American named James Byrd to a pickup truck and dragged him to his death; in the early hours of Oct. 7, two men in Wyoming beat up gay teenager Matthew Shepard and left him to die while tied to a fence. These killings intensified pressure for tougher federal hate-crimes legislation. Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. MORE


Obese? Your doctor may have less respect for you
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Anyone who has struggled with their weight knows what it's like to be on the receiving end of fat jokes. Despite a national obesity epidemic, our society isn't particularly sensitive to overweight people. Doctors included. A new study from Johns Hopkins researchers found that physicians actually have less respect for their obese patients. More
Female leadership is a competitive edge
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Nearly a decade into the 21st century it is impossible to imagine a corporate landscape in which women do not play an active role. We would be a great deal poorer intellectually and culturally without the skill, talent and motivation that just over half of the human population pool brings to the workplace. However, leadership in the corporate landscape continues to be characterized by a lack of gender diversity. More

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Diversity as a business model
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Read about how savvy companies such as P&G and Deloitte are thinking creatively about diversity initiatives and incorporating them into their business model. More
Observance of Wiccan new year ends in religious discrimination suit
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Last Halloween, Gina Uberti took vacation days to celebrate the Wiccan new year in Salem, Mass., the town infamously known for the witch trials of 1692 that ended with the hanging of 14 women. Less than a month after Uberti took part in the festivities of Samhain, one of the holiest days in the Wiccan calendar, she was fired from her job as a district sales manager for Bath & Body Works. In a complaint recently filed in federal court in Connecticut, Uberti alleges she was unfairly terminated for practicing Wicca, known as the largest of neopagan religions. More


Workplace bias complaints on rise
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Women alleging sexual harassment or general discrimination practices in the workplace predominated Carol Barnett's caseload when she began her labor law practice in St. Joseph, Mo., about 15 years. Today, the trend has shifted. Disability discrimination charges are leading other workplace complaints in her practice that covers Northwest Missouri. In other parts of Missouri and the nation, increased diversity in the work force has created higher race, religion and national original claims. More

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High unemployment doubly hard on disabled
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High unemployment has taken its toll on many Americans, but it seems to be hitting those with disabilities even more. A North Texas company devoted to helping the disabled says this has been one of the toughest years for the disabled to find work. More


 


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