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Why isn’t the government protecting employees from discrimination?

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site.

Women and minorities who face workplace discrimination or harassment ordinarily receive vital legal services from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). But in 2012, the EEOC cut this support in half without an adequate explanation. This unexplained drop-off hurts the most vulnerable employees; a large chunk of EEOC complaints deal with sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, and other gender discrimination issues. The drop-off especially affects low-income women who are less able to afford lawyers and more likely to turn to the EEOC for help when they’re mistreated at work. 

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site.

Women and minorities who face workplace discrimination or harassment ordinarily receive vital legal services from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). But in 2012, the EEOC cut ...

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Catholic Church says having to defend itself against discrimination claims is a violation of its religious freedom

The religious freedom claims just keep getting more and more ridiculous. In the latest, the Catholic Church is arguing that its religious liberty rights protect them from even having to go to court at all if they’re accused of discrimination. Mother Jones reports on the case of teacher who was fired from her job at a Catholic school in Indiana for undergoing in vitro fertilization treatment. 

The religious freedom claims just keep getting more and more ridiculous. In the latest, the Catholic Church is arguing that its religious liberty rights protect them from even having to go to court ...

Walmart fires worker for becoming pregnant

For years, Walmart has taken heat–in the courts and the streets– for gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and a generally shitty record on worker rights. In the spring, the company made a half-assed attempt to be less awful by changing their policy to say pregnant workers may be eligible for a “reasonable accommodation” if they have “a temporary disability caused by pregnancy.”

But former Walmart employee Candis Riggins was fired–and lost her home–thanks to her pregnancy. After Riggins landed in the hospital multiple times because she worked in maintenance and had to carry around toxic chemicals all day, she asked to be temporarily moved behind the cash register–a reasonable accommodation if I’ve ever ...

For years, Walmart has taken heat–in the courts and the streets– for gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and a generally shitty record on worker rights. In the ...

Quick Hit: Man named Kim can’t get a job until he adds “Mr.” to his resume

Kim O’ Gandy is an Australian management consultant. In the ’90s he was looking for a new job. When he started submitting applications, he felt pretty confident, as he was–by his own description–“an experienced guy in an experienced guy’s world.” But for the first few months, things were not going too well. He writes:

Somewhere after the four month mark my confidence started to take a hit. The people rejecting me were business people, too. How could my reasoning that I was perfect for these jobs be so different from theirs? Putting on my most serious business head, I went back and scoured my CV. It was the only contact any of my potential employers or their recruitment companies ...

Kim O’ Gandy is an Australian management consultant. In the ’90s he was looking for a new job. When he started submitting applications, he felt pretty confident, as he was–by his own description–“an experienced guy in an ...

There’s no crying in intramural basketball, but there is gender discrimination

When I was a kid, the first person who told me I can play basketball just as good as the boys was my dad. He, along with my mother and my brother, told me never to apologize for being the fastest girl on the basketball court or on the track. For the most part, I grew up with positive gender consciousness, and participating in sports, along with family support, made that possible.

At thirty-years-old, I continue to pride myself in the gender work that I do in academia and in the community. I teach two introductory women’s studies courses; one as an assistant instructor at Barnard, and the other at an urban after-school community center. I have a master’s degree in ...

When I was a kid, the first person who told me I can play basketball just as good as the boys was my dad. He, along with my mother and my brother, told me never to apologize ...