Welcome to Diversity Briefings: 11/12/2010
Volume 1, Issue 17. Published Each Monday - Friday
Today’s New Diversity Topics: Latin American Leaders at G-20 Call For Responsibility From Rich Countries - Court Nixes Bedtime Story For Female Employee - US Airways Promises To Improve Diversity Activities - Ethnic Tensions Cost Banker Her Job, She Claims - Bad Economy Doesn’t Mean Harassment, Discrimination Okay - Millennials Have Little Patience For Bureaucracy; Want To Change The World - Experts: Not Enough Done In Schools About Anti-gay Bullying - DOMA Lawsuits Filed By Gay Civil Rights Groups - Chilean Government Supports Muslim School Girl Use Of ‘Hijab’- Lawmakers Divided Over Whether NBC-Comcast Merger Would Aid Diversity - Uneven Gains For Diversity + Today's Diversity Management Briefing
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Latin American Leaders at G-20 Call For Responsibility From Rich Countries
From MercoPress: Leaders from Brazil, Mexico and Argentina in the framework of the G-20 summit in Korea called on rich countries for a commitment to end the “currencies war” and ensure balanced growth out of the current crisis. “Developed countries must increase their domestic demand, in contrast with US policy which is geared to promote domestic demand in developing countries”, said Lula da Silva in Seoul warning that if rich countries don’t increase consumption instead of promoting exports, “we’re heading for a major global collapse”.
Court Nixes Bedtime Story For Female Employee
From The HR Café Daily Post: A supervisor who lay down on a female subordinate’s hotel bed, unbuttoned his shirt and demanded a “bedtime story” has cost his employer more than $500,000. A federal appeals court upheld a jury award of $250,000 in damages for the woman, and granted her lawyers more than $300,000 in fees. The employee’s lawsuit claimed she was sexually harassed… and fired for complaining. The supervisor admitted at trial that he knew of the dangers of harassment. “I should have been much more careful,” he said. Cite: Manzo v. Sovereign Motor Cars.(Stupid Manager Tricks, Sexual Harassment Edition)
US Airways Promises To Improve Diversity Activities
Diversity News reports: US Airways has pledged to strengthen its diversity initiatives in the workplace after being accused of discriminating against African Americans in a suit brought on by the NAACP. The suit was voluntarily dismissed by the NAACP last Friday after a settlement was reached.
Ethnic Tensions Cost Banker Her Job, She Claims
From New York Daily News: A Trinidadian banker who worked for a Guyanese boss is suing JPMorgan Chase, saying she was fired because of ethnic tensions. Shivana Persad, 26, says she was treated like a second-class citizen at Chase Manhattan's South Richmond Hill, Queens, branch.
Bad Economy Doesn’t Mean Harassment, Discrimination Okay
From The Memphis Business Journal: A challenging economic environment does not alter an employer’s legal obligations to create a workplace free of harassment or other discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is as active at the present time in pursuing harassment charges as it was prior to the economic downturn.
Millennials Have Little Patience For Bureaucracy; Want To Change The World
From BNET: “Millennials” have ADD and high expectations. When it comes to their jobs, those born in the 90s seem to want to be able to move incredibly quickly and have little patience for bureaucracy. It’s natural for Millennails to want their ideas heard and evaluated fairly; most want to change the world. That’s quite a lot to ask any manager or business owner to keep up them, but isn’t a lot of what they’re saying ultimately fairly sound and logical? What about empowering everyone in your company equally?
Experts: Not Enough Done In Schools About Anti-gay Bullying
From Hometown News: A recent spate of suicides by gay teens has brought to light that a lack of information and support for gay students in their schools can be a contributing factor in tragic results. Experts say schools must do more - in their bullying policies, sex education curricula and teacher training - to help the growing number of gay teens who are coming out at earlier ages.
--"Growing up as a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) student is hard enough when it comes to getting your family and your friends to accept you, and then you walk into a classroom and you feel even more isolated if the school is not doing enough to make sure that you have a safe and affirming environment," said Daniel Presgraves, spokesman for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. "Schools have an obligation to make sure that all students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, have an opportunity to learn."
DOMA Lawsuits Filed By Gay Civil Rights Groups
From Insurance Making: Gay civil rights groups trying to build momentum for a possible Supreme Court showdown filed two lawsuits Tuesday that seek to strike down portions of a 1996 law that denies married same-sex couples federal benefits.The lawsuits were filed in federal courts in Connecticut and New York and come just months after a federal judge in Boston struck down a key component of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Chilean Government Supports Muslim School Girl Use Of ‘Hijab’
From MercoPress: Yasmin Elsayed, a 9-year old girl who was prohibited from wearing a hijab (an Islamic head scarf) at the W. A. Mozart School in the La Reina borough of Chile’s capital Santiago, was allowed to register again for the 2011 school year this week. The school claimed the hijab was not part of the official school uniform. Yasmin’s parents complained that school officials had said their daughter would not be able to enrol for the following school year if she continued to wear the head scarf.
Lawmakers Divided Over Whether NBC-Comcast Merger Would Aid Diversity
From The Hill: Lawmakers are increasingly divided on whether Comcast's proposed acquisition of NBC Universal would help or harm the amount of diversity in the media. The proposed merger has drawn scrutiny from competing media companies and advocacy groups who fear the deal would concentrate too much control over media ownership and distribution in the hands of one firm. Lawmakers, especially those representing districts with significant minority populations, have increasingly found themselves choosing sides in the debate.
Uneven Gains For Diversity
From The New York Times: Last month’s game between Virginia and Eastern Michigan marked a milestone for diversity at college football’s highest level as the first such matchup in which both coaches and athletic directors were African-Americans. A study released Thursday found uneven progress toward more moments like it in the future.The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida reported large gains in the number of minority head coaches at college football’s highest level, but less movement in other leadership positions.
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Today's Diversity Management Briefing: Diversity Your Business and Watch It Grow
--My husband and I were having a quick breakfast in an unfamiliar restaurant, waiting for the doors to open at a nearby museum. As I sipped my coffee, I began to realize why I wasn't comfortable. It wasn't just because we were having Sunday breakfast away from home. Very quickly, I had realized every person serving us, from the greeter to wait staff, was young and white. I peeked into the kitchen and confirmed what I was guessing - the invisible people working behind the scenes, performing the lower paying jobs, were Latino, African American and of varying ages. Will this restaurant get my return business? Probably not.
--While Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender and national origin, it seems that a number of companies still don't get it when it comes to discriminatory advertising or other issues like denying an employee the right to use the Family Medical Leave Act or allowing sexual harassment in the workplace.
--Employees understand. In a recent three year period, related employment discrimination lawsuits increased by 77 percent.
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