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House Passes Bill to Ban Genetic Discrimination in the Workplace

April 25, 2007
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The broad support mustered in the House mirrors the margins garnered in Senate votes on the issue in previous years. It wins approval by a whopping 420-3 vote.
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Does Discrimination Depress Women’s Pay

April 24, 2007
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A House hearing on equal pay Tuesday became a forum for a debate on factors affecting the pay gap.A new study by a women’s advocacy organization shows that college-educated women earn less than their male counterparts soon after graduation--and 10 years later, too.
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Discrimination Liability Case Off Supreme Court Docket

April 19, 2007
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A closely watched discrimination case that the Supreme Court had been scheduled to hear April 18 has been withdrawn, leaving unresolved, for the moment, the question of whether a company can be held liable for discrimination by a subordinate supervisor, even if a higher-ranking official makes an employment decision unaware of the alleged bias.
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Age Bias Suit at Circuit City

April 10, 2007
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Reference to Age in Termination Process

April 9, 2007
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Employers are advised that any comments by an employer about an employee’s age may constitute evidence of age discrimination or a bias against an older employee.
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Termination for Undiagnosed Health Problems

April 9, 2007
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Firing an employee who discloses a serious health-related problem may violate the FMLA. Consideration should also be given to applicable state employment discrimination laws to make sure that there are no similar prohibitions against discharging employees who disclose a series of health problems.
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Charge of Age Bias in Boeing Cash-Balance Plan Dismissed

March 16, 2007
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In a previous ruling, an appeals court said the terms of the IBM plan were age-neutral and the credits allocated to employees’ accounts were not reduced on account of age.
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Protections for Transgender Workers on Rise

March 16, 2007
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Although federal law does not explicitly prohibit organizations from firing transgender workers, that doesn’t mean companies won’t be sued for such terminations. Nine states and almost 100 local jurisdictions, from Key West, Florida, to Tacoma, Washington, have passed laws protecting transgender employees in the workplace.
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Man Decides to Become Woman, Gets Fired

March 16, 2007
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A Florida city preaches tolerance, but officials fire the city manager after news of his planned sex change surfaces Even though he was fired, the city manager of Largo, Florida, still defends the city’s diversity program.
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Two EEOC Initiatives Highlighted in Action Against Walgreens

March 15, 2007
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The agency has said it would pursue systemic discrimination and root out racism. It appears to be doing both in its employment discrimination class lawsuit against Walgreen Co.
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