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Airbnb Will No longer Require Arbitration for Employee Bias and Harassment Claims

Airbnb Inc., following Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc., said it would not force employees who filed sexual harassment claims to settle those cases in private arbitration. Airbnb also said it would not require employees to use …

Jury Awards Ex-Ford Employee Nearly $17M in Discrimination Suit

A jury has awarded nearly $17 million to a former Ford engineer who sued the automaker for discrimination because he says two supervisors repeatedly berated and criticized him for his Arab background and accent. On March 28, a federal jury …

Missouri Bill Backing Workplace Arbitration Fails to Advance

A Missouri bill to strengthen employment contracts that require sexual harassment, discrimination and other work-related issues to be decided through arbitration has died an unusually early death that came as Congress considers moving in the opposite direction. At issue is …

Google Upheld in Firing of Conservative Employee Who Criticized Diversity Policies

Google’s firing of an engineer over his controversial memo criticizing its diversity policies and “politically correct monoculture” didn’t violate U.S. labor law, a federal agency lawyer concluded. Statements in James Damore’s 3,000-word memo “regarding biological differences between the sexes were …

Share Your Story: Sexual Harassment and the Workplace

From Hollywood to the corporate world, sexual harassment — the making of unwanted sexual advances or obscene remarks — is drawing greater public scrutiny than ever before. Victims (mostly women) and their supporters have taken on the cause, publicizing the …

HR Departments Often Ill-Equipped to Handle Sexual Harassment Claims: Viewpoint

In an ideal world, anyone who experiences harassment at work would head directly to the human resource department. That’s where a sensitive, well-trained professional would conduct an “immediate and impartial” investigation followed by “appropriate action to remediate or prevent the …

Trump Appointees Expected to Reorient Equal Employment Commission

The federal agency tasked with combating workplace discrimination is about to get a Republican majority for the first time in a decade, inspiring relief among employers and anxiety among workers’ rights advocates. President Donald Trump’s picks for the Equal Employment …

Massachusetts Governor Signs Bipartisan Pregnant Worker Protection Legislation

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker last month signed H. 3680, a bipartisan bill to extend protections to pregnant workers in the state. The legislation, An Act Establishing the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, will prohibit workplace and hiring discrimination related to …

Missouri Bill Would Make it Harder for Employees to Sue for Discrimination

Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill that would raise the standard for workers to sue their employers for discrimination, a proposal that’s drawn support from pro-business groups and backlash from advocacy groups who say the change will allow intolerance to …

New Jersey Shore Town Still Considering Settlement for Gay Ex-Officer

Officials in a Jersey shore town say they need more time to consider a proposed $369,000 settlement with a gay former police officer who filed a discrimination lawsuit. The Press of Atlantic City reports the Cape May City Council was …