ISM Number Two: SexISM Replayed

I originally wrote this back in 2009. Based on the headlines not much has changed.  Sexism is the second part of my series on ISM’s in Human Resources in the United States. According to Wikipedia “Sexism, a term coined in the mid-20th century,[1] refers to the belief or attitude that one gender or sex is …

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70,000 reasons on why you don’t decide whether your pregnant worker can perform her duties

I am not sure at what point in history we decided that pregnant women are too delicate to continue to work. I am sure our nomad ancestors did not decide to stop their activities because a female was pregnant. In fact there is a study that shows that women living in settlements do worse during …

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US Court of Appeals affords discrimination protection to LGBT community

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals became the first US Federal court to rule that LGBT employees are afforded protection under Title VII from discrimination on the basis of “sex”. Although the Seventh Circuit only includes Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, according to an announcement by the law firm Fisher Phillips, it is anticipated that this …

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It is not just women who claim sex discrimination lawsuits

I think when most of us hear about a sex discrimination lawsuit we have a tendency to think a woman has filed a claim for discrimination on the basis of her sex. We would probably be right the majority of the time, however, not always, as witnessed by a case settled in Las Vegas. The …

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Is it intent that matters or the effect?

I read a very interesting article written by attorney Malcolm Seymour of Garvey Schubert Barer. It was about the new ride sharing Uber style service called SafeHer, which advertises that they are a company “Driven by women Exclusively for women.” The promote safety as their prime concern. The question is, will this well intended idea …

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How long should you keep that application from a rejected candidate?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced they have filed suit against the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Mobile, Alabama. The suit, filed on September 30, 2015 alleges that the company refused to hire a qualified candidate because she was female. The EEOC is seeking monetary relief in the form of back pay, front pay, …

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Does sex discrimination protection extend to everyone?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act has been around since 1964. One of the provisions of that law was protection from discrimination on the basis of your sex, meaning at that time that it was illegal to discriminate against a woman on the basis that she was a woman. As time has progressed this …

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The 5 Significant U.S. Labor Laws for Women to Know About: A Guest Post

Today’s post is a guest post by a young writer trying to make her way in the blog sphere. I accepted this post for publication because I have not written specifically about women’s issues, there are other writers, Trish McFarlane, Lisa Rosendahl and the other Women of HR members, who do a better job of it. …

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Reasons for Rejecting Candidates: Does the Size of the Ring Count?

Let me start off by saying I have done a great deal of recruiting in my life and I have rejected candidates for many, many reasons. However, I have never, let me repeat that NEVER rejected a candidate based on the size of the engagement ring on her hand. However, apparently others have. I read …

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Where Was HR When They Made Her Take Her Bra Off?

There are alot of ways to correct mistakes but there is no way to fix STUPID. You may have thought I was being sensational with my title of “Where was HR when they made her take her bra off?” but that is the exactly what happened. This tale deals with a casino, a new uniform …

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