Rebecca Vipond Brink cites four common excuses for sexual harassment -- including that it's a compliment rather than harassment and that the workplace is casual -- and makes counterarguments against them.
When Human Rights Campaign started its Corporate Equality Index in 2002 as a benchmark to evaluate corporate LGBT policies, 13 businesses got a perfect score. This year 304 companies achieved a top score, with 91% of Fortune 500 companies having nondiscrimination policies that include sexual orientation, and 61% of those policies including gender identity.
A grassroots campaign fended off a proposed constitutional amendment in California that would have asked voters to repeal part of a ban on affirmative action at public colleges. Opponents were concerned that affirmative action would reduce the number of Asian students admitted to state schools, which surprised some political leaders because a majority of the state's Asian-Americans have supported affirmative action efforts in the past.
Many companies are focused on making their legal departments more racially diverse. They do this by tracking diversity statistics, reaching out to minorities through their hiring practices and becoming involved in diverse legal organizations, such as the Hispanic National Bar Association.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may release enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination. Analysts say the guidance could increase employers' obligations to provide accommodations to pregnant workers.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is seeking comments on proposed revisions to rules directing the federal government on the hiring of people with disabilities. The EEOC's proposed rules aim to explain specifically what it means in saying the federal government should be a "model employer of individuals with disabilities."