U.S. Chamber’s Abhorrent Justification of Age Discrimination in Hiring

In the tradition of Scrooge, the patriarchy and the Confederacy of the old South, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has publicly endorsed age discrimination in hiring as both sound policy and reasonable. The Chamber asserts its cynical position in an amicus brief filed in the case of  Richard Villarreal, 49, who filed a half-dozen applications to work as … Continue reading “U.S. Chamber’s Abhorrent Justification of Age Discrimination in Hiring”

Chamber Renews Assault on EEOC

It is hard to believe but the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has accused the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) of overreaching in enforcing our nation’s employment discrimination laws.  Hard to believe because the opposite is true. Due to budget and staff cuts, the EEOC is litigating the fewest number of cases in modern history … Continue reading “Chamber Renews Assault on EEOC”

National Chamber Lobbies Federal Cts

When people think  of lobbyists, they usually think of groups that work behind the scenes to  influence legislators in the U.S. Congress. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, however,  has had tremendous success “lobbying” federal courts  through  “friend of the court” briefs filed in  lawsuits  on behalf of its conservative  corporate clients. For example, the Chamber routinely opposes any perceived expansion of  worker rights and it usually prevails. The Chamber, and … Continue reading “National Chamber Lobbies Federal Cts”

EEOC Pitches Lack of Diversity in the Tech Industry as an “Innovation Opportunity”

*NOTE:  The EEOC issued a report at its meeting (discussed below) that completely ignored age discrimination except for a footnote stating that more research on age discrimination is needed. According to the report,  compared to overall private industry, the high tech sector employed a larger share of whites (63.5 percent to 68.5 percent), Asian Americans … Continue reading “EEOC Pitches Lack of Diversity in the Tech Industry as an “Innovation Opportunity””

Corporations Point to Age Discrim. in Hiring by Feds

You might think it would be an embarrassment to our nation’s largest employer – the federal government – that corporate America is defending age discrimination in hiring by pointing out the U.S. government engages in the same behavior. Most recently, the Equal Employment Advisory Council (EEAC), an association of America’s 250 largest corporations, filed a friend-of-the-court brief … Continue reading “Corporations Point to Age Discrim. in Hiring by Feds”

The Considerable Downside of Mediation for Discrimination Victims

Mediation is a really good deal for employers but what about workers? Not so much. In its 2014 performance report,  the EEOC states that its mediation program for private sector complainants achieved a resolution in 7,846 out of a total of 10,221 mediations conducted for all types of discrimination. Mediation is a voluntary process where a neutral mediator assists … Continue reading “The Considerable Downside of Mediation for Discrimination Victims”

Murderer Cites Workplace Bullying in TV Shootings

Update: As information has developed, it is apparent that Flanagan filed an earlier lawsuit  alleging race discrimination against a Florida television station in 2000. This appears to be the lawsuit that he refers to as having been settled out of court.  The Tallahassee Democrat reports that Flanagan complained that he and another black employee were referred to as … Continue reading “Murderer Cites Workplace Bullying in TV Shootings”

High Court Backs Religion

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that an employer may be engaging in illegal discrimination when it implements a neutral policy that fails to accommodate a job applicant’s religious practices, whether or not the applicant has requested a religious accommodation. The ruling expands protection for religious minorities in the workplace. Samantha Elauf, a Muslim woman, was … Continue reading “High Court Backs Religion”

Texas Roadhouse Goes to Congress

It all comes back to Hooters. In the 1990s, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission declared that Hooters’ policy of not hiring males to be servers constituted sex discrimination. Hooters launched a “public awareness campaign” asking customers to complain to the U.S. Congress. The EEOC backed down, citing budgetary limitations.  In other words, Hooters’ thwarted the … Continue reading “Texas Roadhouse Goes to Congress”

Age Issue Overlooked in U.S. Supreme Court Debate

The U.S. Supreme Court on January 13 will hear arguments in an important case in which industry groups are seeking to force the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to engage in time-consuming and fruitless  “conciliation” efforts with recalcitrant employers prior to filing a lawsuit against the employer. One federal appeals court has characterized the so-called “failure … Continue reading “Age Issue Overlooked in U.S. Supreme Court Debate”