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Discrimination and EEOC Compliance

Steering Minorities Toward Patent Law

July 18, 2008
Anand Sharma was a panelist at a National Bar Association meeting a couple years ago, discussing ways to increase the number of African-American lawyers practicing patent law. During his flight from Detroit back home to Washington, the intellectual property lawyer came up with an idea on how to help achieve the goal.
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Cash-Balance Plans Not Discriminatory, Court Rules

July 11, 2008
The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals says that while the benefits provided to younger employees are worth more than the same benefits provided to older employees, that difference is the result of time and compound interest and does not constitute age discrimination.
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Testing the Tests

June 6, 2008
Outdated tests and skill requirements and blanket diploma prerequisites open the door to legal challenges by unsuccessful candidates.
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Religion-Based Harassment

When considering appropriate responses to confirmed incidents of workplace harassment, employers are advised to take action that effectively deters recurrence of such conduct. This may include retraining employees about harassment, republishing the employer’s policy on such matters and disciplinary action against responsible parties.
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