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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Sep 01, 2011 Age Bias in IT: the Reality Behind the Rumors: Is high tech really that tough on older workers? Or are they simply not pulling their weight in an industry that never stops innovating?
QUOTE: Age bias is "something that no [employer] talks about. But it's a reality in tech that if you're 45 years of age and still writing C code or Cobol code and making $150,000 a year, the likelihood is that you won't be employed very long"...
Computerworld Jun 21, 2011 Wal-Mart’s Authoritarian Culture
QUOTE: The underlying issue, which the Supreme Court has now ratified, is Wal-Mart’s authoritarian style, by which executives pressure store-level management to squeeze more and more from millions of clerks, stockers and lower-tier managers. Indeed, the sex discrimination at Wal-Mart that drove the recent suit is the product not merely of managerial bias and prejudice, but also of a corporate culture and business model that sustains it, rooted in the company’s very beginnings.
New York Times Jan 11, 2011 More Workers Complain of Bias on the Job, a Trend Linked to Widespread Layoffs
QUOTE: In a tough job market, more and more workers are accusing their employers of discrimination, a report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said on Tuesday.
New York Times Jun 03, 2010 Report Warned Wal-Mart of Risks Before Bias Suit
QUOTE: More than six years before the biggest sex discrimination lawsuit in history was filed against Wal-Mart Stores, the company hired a prominent law firm to examine its vulnerability to just such a suit....found widespread gender disparities in pay and promotion at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores and urged the company to take basic steps — like posting every job opening and creating specific goals to promote women and minorities — to avoid liability.
New York Times May 25, 2010 Justices say employers may not use discriminatory testing practices
QUOTE: Employers who use tests that have the effect of ruling out disproportionate numbers of women and minorities may be sued each time they use the results to hire, the Supreme Court ruled...
Washington Post May 14, 2010 A Toolkit for Women Seeking a Raise (Your Money)
QUOTE: Even now, when women represent half the work force, they’re still paid considerably less than men — and part of that pay gap may be a result of what happens at the salary negotiation table. That’s assuming that women make it to the table, since research shows that they are less likely to ask for raises. Even when they do, their requests may be perceived as overly demanding or less agreeable.
New York Times Oct 13, 2009 Latin America's worst wage gap for women and minorities? Powerhouse Brazil
QUOTE: ...Brazil sits at the bottom of a list of 18 regional countries when it comes to how much women and minorities are paid for the same job a white man does.
Christian Science Monitor Feb 10, 2009 The price of saying 'no' at work
QUOTE: Indeed, a decade or two out, halfway up the career ladder or higher, a yes-yes-yes woman will discover that she wants to start saying no sometimes. But can she? Can any woman in a fast-paced, high-powered career ever stop saying yes -- without self-destructing?
CNN (Cable News Network) May 21, 2008 Health and Your Career: Is Your Weight Affecting Your Career?
QUOTE: overweight people who have experienced weight-based discrimination in the workforce. While many victims of the bias have suspected their appearance has been hurting their careers, two new studies analyzing decades' worth of research show just how pervasive the problem is.
Forbes May 15, 2008 Diversity Isn’t Rocket Science, Is It? (Life's Work)
QUOTE: “It’s almost a time warp,” said Sylvia Ann Hewlett, the founder of the Center for Work-Life Policy, a nonprofit organization that studies women and work. “All the predatory and demeaning and discriminatory stuff that went on in workplaces 20, 30 years ago is alive and well in these professions.”
New York Times Apr 10, 2008 While reservists serve, their jobs don't always wait: Between 2004 and 2006, returning volunteers filed 16,000 complaints against employers.
QUOTE: As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan grind on, tensions are mounting between the military's civilian volunteers, trying to step back into their professions, and employers, straining at times to cope with a growing cadre of workers who are away at war for months then expect to regain their former jobs.
Christian Science Monitor Feb 21, 2008 Life’s Work: I’m Ill, but Who Really Needs to Know?
QUOTE: The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits an employer from dismissing or failing to hire a chronically-ill employee on the basis of that disability “if they are able to do the job with reasonable accommodation,” she said. But in many cases, “reasonable” and “able” and even “job” all become open to interpretation...
New York Times Nov 23, 2007 Careers Give India’s Women New Independence
QUOTE: The new opening has hardly rubbed away old restrictions. As they wrestle with new uncertainties and new choices, many young Indian women are embracing the changes tentatively, tinkering for the time being with the customs of the past.
New York Times Jul 30, 2007 Salary, Gender and the Social Cost of Haggling
QUOTE: Their study… found that men and women get very different responses when they initiate negotiations… [and that] men and women were more likely to subtly penalize women who asked for more -- the perception was that women who asked for more were "less nice".
Washington Post May 29, 2007 Excuse Me for Doing My Job: When you rise in an organization, the bad vibes can rise off other employees like steam in a Turkish bath. Liz Ryan tells you how to deal with it
QUOTE: Perhaps you've already been a victim of the "how dare you!" effect. That's the iciness directed your way when you do or get something that others feel you had no right to.
BusinessWeek May 16, 2007 Controversial CEO to Leave Smithsonian Business Ventures
QUOTE: Gary M. Beer, the founding chief executive of the Smithsonian's business unit and architect of a controversial deal with Showtime Networks Inc., has announced plans to leave amid internal and congressional inquiries into his management, expense account and promotions of a female subordinate...The era of Small and Beer was marked by corporate-style compensation, executive-rich expense accounts and deals with private partners that clashed with the scholarly, public-sector ethos of the 160-year-old institution.
Washington Post Apr 15, 2007 Wolfowitz Clashed Repeatedly With World Bank Staff: Tenure as President Has Been Rocky
QUOTE: [Wolfowitz] insisted on retaining retain "professional contact" with her -- something that the executive board later determined was a clear conflict of interest under personnel rules. The Riza issue has come back to haunt Wolfowitz, as the bank's executive board is now considering what to do about revelations -- contained in documents it released Friday -- that Wolfowitz resolved the issue by personally arranging a bank salary and promotions for her in a temporary State Department post.
Washington Post Feb 08, 2007 Wal-Mart suit shows glass ceiling still an issue: Despite four decades of focus on equal workplace rights, gender discrimination concerns persist.
QUOTE: A lawsuit against America's largest employer is serving as a reminder that concerns about gender discrimination persist, despite four decades of focus on equal workplace rights.
Christian Science Monitor Jan 31, 2007 FAA to Raise Retirement Age for Pilots: After Battle, Cutoff to Change From 60 to 65 Within Two Years
QUOTE: The Airline Pilots Association, the largest pilots' union, fought the mandatory retirement age until the early 1980s -- about the time that government deregulated airlines and a flood of young pilots hit the market. Because everything in a pilot's life is affected by seniority -- better shifts, better planes and better routes come with more experience -- the younger pilots did not want many of the older ones to keep flying.
Washington Post Oct 30, 2006 Women Under-Represented Among Equity Partners, Survey Shows
QUOTE: Flex-Time Lawyers founder Deborah Epstein Henry said there are several reasons that explain the gap between the percentages of women and men equity partners, and using the pipeline reason as an excuse for it is a "total fallacy."
Law.com Jul 31, 2006 The problem of a pregnant pause: Despite family-leave laws, the number of pregnancy discrimination cases is on the rise in the US.
QUOTE: Despite family-leave laws, the number of pregnancy discrimination cases is on the rise in the US.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 13, 2006 Male Scientist Writes of Life as Female Scientist: Biologist Who Underwent Sex Change Describes Biases Against Women
QUOTE: After he underwent a sex change...another scientist...was heard to say, "Ben Barres gave a great seminar today, but then his work is much better than his sister's"...many men are unconscious of the privileges that come with being male, which leaves them unable to countenance talk of glass ceilings and discrimination.
Washington Post Jun 14, 2006 EEOC Is Hobbled, Groups Contend: Case Backlog Grows as Its Staff Is Slashed, Critics Say
QUOTE: the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is falling behind in enforcing federal civil rights laws in the workplace...expected to have a backlog of 47,516 charges of employment discrimination next fiscal year, up from an estimated 39,061 this year and 33,562 in 2005
Washington Post May 05, 2006 New Chinese Bishops Face Vatican Censure: Improved Relations Imperiled, Rome Says
QUOTE: ...blamed the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association for damaging Vatican-China ties...."If Hu wants to create a modern state, China must not involve itself in the inner workings of religious organizations..."
Washington Post Feb 24, 2006 Offer-and-Acceptance Etiquette: Recruiters and job seekers can reach an agreement more quickly and comfortably by employing a technique called a "supposal"
QUOTE: When the recruiter tells you, "I can't put this in writing unless you accept now," it's perfectly reasonable to say, "I would love to, but I can't evaluate your offer based just on this discussion. I need to see the specifics on paper..."
BusinessWeek Jan 10, 2006 Six Women at Dresdner File Bias Suit
QUOTE: Six women who are senior bankers at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein Services have sued the investment bank, contending that they were denied equal bonuses and promotions that went to men with less experience.
New York Times Jan 05, 2006 Career of General in Charge During Abu Ghraib May End
QUOTE: ...the legacy of Abu Ghraib and its photographs of prisoner mistreatment that prompted worldwide outrage dogged General Sanchez and ensured that any promotion would ignite a political storm on Capitol Hill over holding senior military officers and top Pentagon officials accountable for the misconduct.
New York Times Dec 09, 2005 The Bias Breakdown: Asians and Blacks Lead in Perceived Discrimination at Work
QUOTE: Fifteen percent of all workers say they have been discriminated against in their workplace during the past year, according to a new Gallup Organization poll.
Washington Post Oct 30, 2005 Office Stereotyping and How It Stifles
QUOTE: ...women hold 50.3 percent of all management and professional positions. But only 7.9 percent of Fortune 500 top earners and 1.4 percent of Fortune 500 chief executives are women.
Washington Post Jun 02, 2005 Ford settles employee suit alleging bias in testing
QUOTE: "After battling his employer, Ford Motor, for six years, James Robinson is finally taking part in the apprenticeship program to which he was denied admission, along with 3,400 other African-Americans."
Cincinnati Enquirer May 12, 2005 Panel Votes to Ban Women From Combat: Army Leaders Strongly Oppose House Subcommittee's Action
QUOTE: Brushing aside opposition from top Army leaders, a House subcommittee approved a measure yesterday that would ban women from serving in certain support units in a bid to keep them out of "direct ground combat."
Washington Post Apr 28, 2005 $80 Million Settles Race-Bias Case: Black Managers Said Sodexho Wouldn't Promote Them
QUOTE: Sodexho Inc., the Gaithersburg-based food and facilities-management company, agreed Wednesday to pay $80 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed it systematically denied promotions to 3,400 black mid-level managers.
Washington Post Apr 28, 2005 Mfume Accused of Favoritism At NAACP
QUOTE: Allegations detailed in a confidential NAACP report claim that Kweisi Mfume gave raises and promotions to women with whom he had close personal relationships while he was president...
Washington Post Aug 24, 2004 Race Remains a Difficult Issue for Many Workers at Kodak
QUOTE: what kind of place is Kodak for African-Americans? The place that, for three consecutive years, has made it onto Fortune magazine's list of the top 50 companies for minorities? Or a place that consistently pays black employees less than their white colleagues and harasses them more? The answer may lie somewhere in between.
New York Times Nov 25, 2001 When a Workplace Dispute Goes Very Public
QUOTE: At the heart of the suit was the allegation that office managers favored male brokers by assigning them larger and more active accounts from customers who approached the firm for financial advice, or from customers whose brokers were leaving the firm, or from investors participating in initial public offerings.
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