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What You Should Know: Questions and Answers about the EEOC and High School Diploma Requirements

Background:  On November 17, 2011, the EEOC issued an informal discussion letter about how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to qualification standards for jobs.  The letter can be found at 

Read more: What You Should Know: Questions and Answers about the EEOC and High School Diploma Requirements

EEOC Holds Both Staffing Firms and Staffing Clients Responsible Under EEO Laws

Recently, the EEOC filed a lawsuit against Hire Dynamics, a staffing firm (click here for the EEOC press release).  According to the complaint, after a Hire Dynamics employee filed a charge of discrimination against one of its clients, the staffing firm retaliated by failing to give the employee any further job assignments or opportunities.

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Five Ways to Avoid Disparate Impact in Pre-Employment Background Checks

If your company’s pre-employment testing process for new hires includesbackground checks and credit reports, please heed warning. The EEOC warns against using credit reports in employment-based decisions as they can create a “disparate impact,” arguing that credit scores in certain protected classes tend to be lower than in others. In recent years, they have tried to bring a few cases to court on these grounds.

Read more: Five Ways to Avoid Disparate Impact in Pre-Employment Background Checks

Frequently Asked Questions about Protection for Religious Clothing or Hairstyles in California

Question #1 
 What is “religious dress?”

Although it has not yet been defined by a court, “religious dress” means virtually any piece of clothing or accessory that signifies or expresses a religious creed or belief. 

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Did the EEOC really say that silence is NOT golden?

This past August, the Buffalo field office of the EEOC opined that a company must not prevent employees involved in an ongoing internal investigation of harassment from discussing it. Almost immediately, employers and lawyers alike began to question what this opinion could mean (in practical terms) since standard operating procedure of an internal investigation is to request confidentiality to ensure the integrity of the investigation.

Read more: Did the EEOC really say that silence is NOT golden?

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Growth in women's share of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) occupations declined to 27% in 2011from a high of 34% in 1990. While women make up nearly half of the workforce, they were 26% of the STEM workforce in 2011.

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