A New York Times article swiftly summarizes psychological research into unconscious racial bias. Harvard Professor Sendhil Mullainathan performed some of the experiments, and describes others. Some discrimination is consciously practiced, although less often verbalized than before. At least when the verbalization is in person; racist comments on relatively anonymous social media...
In 2008, Congress amended the Americans with Disabilities Act to fix Supreme Court and other cases that had narrowed the door through which disabled employees could fit their claims. Since then, the cases have gradually reflected the broadening of the definition of disability. Cases that arose under the old law were still judged under the...Read more
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit against Freeman, a company It claimed that Freeman’s policy of conducting background checks into criminal convictions and credit histories resulted in exclusion of more minorities than whites from the applicant pool. The EEOC has been pursuing this practice, which results in a “disparate impact” against minority groups, whose members...Read more
If you're fired from your job, you should be able to get unemployment compensation. The purpose of the benefits is to tide over employees who are out of work through no fault of their own. That last phrase is the key to most of the controversies over unemployment benefits. Assuming you have enough calendar quarters of work...Read more