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Discrimination Suit Against GE Might Expose Flaws in Ranking System

June 5, 2007
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Whether GE discriminated against a female general counsel because of her gender, the fact that she was surprised by her demotion indicates a problem with GE’s performance appraisal process, observers say.
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Gay Execs Urged to Come Out

June 4, 2007
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Executives disclosing their sexual orientation would improve their companies’ reputations in an era when transparency is increasingly valued. But some observers say the downfall of BP’s chief indicates there’s still pressure to stay in the closet.
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Supreme Court Rules Against Cumulative Pay Discrimination

May 29, 2007
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By a 5-4 vote, the court held that a company is not liable for pay discrimination that occurs outside the federal statute of limitations for such cases, which is either 180 or 300 days, depending on the state.
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Tool Employer Pay Equity Self-Audit

May 18, 2007
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Business and Professional Women/USA, an advocacy organization for working women, adapted this audit from a Department of Labor document to help employers gauge whether they are paying men and women employees equally. The organization notes that discrepancies can lead to costly lawsuits.
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Bill Bans Bias Against Gays, Transsexuals

May 9, 2007
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At a time when 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies have gay-inclusive policies, a bipartisan group of legislators has introduced a bill expanding federal law to protect gays, lesbians and bisexual and transsexual persons.
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Court Verizon Cash-Balance Plan Not Age Discriminatory

April 30, 2007
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The communications giant’s plan is not only age neutral, but in fact provides ‘pay credits at a rate that is more generous for older employees than for younger employees,’ a judge states.
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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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