Sometimes the law is on the side of workers in cases of employment discrimination. But often it isn’t.  If you happen to be a person of color, a woman, older or disabled, the chances are high that if you fought the law, the law won. The recent bombshell news of decades-long sexual harassment b...
Can employers ban the hiring of workers based on their hairstyles? According to a recent ruling by the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the answer is yes.  In ruling on a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, refusing to hire someone with dreadlocks has been deemed legal...
Female employees make 77 cents for every dollar men earn at these new companies. We assume most startups are hip and progressive. But in terms of income equality, the new companies seem to be much like old companies: Women bring in significantly less than their male counterparts, according to a ne...
Are overweight contestants less likely to win on Jeopardy? Obviously not. But a recent research study in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes shows that the majority of us think obesity will make a person less competitive on game shows, in the workplace, and at virtually...
Women make up only 16% of partners at large American law firms -- a figure that’s remained virtually unchanged for a decade. And what makes that number even more troubling is that women now graduate from law school at nearly the same rates as men. Yet women partners earn on average just under $500...
In a historic announcement yesterday, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta stood with other military leaders to officially lift the ban on women serving in combat, stating that female soldiers are an "integral part" of the U.S. military and have already proven their ability and willingness to fight dur...
The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordered AirTran Airways (ATA) to reinstate a pilot the company has fired in 2007 for reporting multiple mechanical concerns. OSHA is also requiring  ATA to pay its former employee over $1 million in back wages, plus inter...