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EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE

Religious discrimination and pitfalls for diversity efforts

By Mike O’Brien Religious discrimination An Asian-American engineer who worked for a municipal utility in Stockton, Calif., filed a lawsuit claiming that city officials belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the “Church”) sought to recruit, hire, and promote members of their own faith and that he was denied a promotion because he was a member of the Laotian Folk Religion. The trial court dismissed the lawsuit before trial, but a California appellate court reversed, ruling there was sufficient evidence of discriminatory motive for the religious bias claim to proceed to trial. The appellate court came to this conclusion even though the municipal utility employs a number of high-level employees who are not members of the Church and the position was ultimately filled by a person of… . . . read more

HIRING & FIRING

Hiring and firing risk factor: careless words

When jobs are in short supply, “people are desperate to find work and desperate to keep the work they have.” They’re willing to…


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COMPLIANCE

TOOL: Model Religious Accommodations Policy

Mere tolerance of religious differences in the workplace isn’t enough. Federal and state discrimination laws also require employers to take affirmative steps to accommodate…


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BLOG

You can be personally liable for what happens in your workplace

By Lynne Curry  bio
It comes as a surprise to most managers when a plaintiff names them personally as a co-defendant in a lawsuit against the manager’s company…


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GENDER DISCRIMINATION

Study finds alarming ambivalence about gender discrimination in the workplace, despite evidence that compensation inequality and harassment exist

Randstad US has released results of a survey examining American workers’ feelings and experiences related to…


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LEAVES OF ABSENCE

How to manage maternity or leaves of absence

Employee leaves of absence for maternity or medical reasons can be tricky to navigate and can place heavy staffing and…


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