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April 2012 Archives

Secret U.S. Disability Rules Criticized by Business

The business community is up in arms over the possibility of some secret U.S. disability rules, reports Bloomberg.

Basically the Obama administration is engaged in revamping some of the disability rules. But since this discussion is taking place in secret, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is starting to feel uneasy and is pressing for more public comment.

Mia Macy Case: Gender Identity Discrimination Recognized by EEOC

It is a decision being hailed as historic.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, considering a case about an individual named Mia Macy, who was denied a job as a result of gender transitioning, ruled that gender identity discrimination is illegal, reports the Washington Blade.

From Walmart Gender Discrimination to Walmart Being Loveable

Walmart gets a lot of flack in the news (the latest bribery scandal included) but now, one former Walmart employee wants the world to know that he liked working there, reports Yahoo.

Travis Okulski, a male, was at Walmart for two years and had interesting things to say about everything from the very difficult application process (it takes a long time), to the nice lively meeting area (it has good reading material). He also points out that some employees are just not as much into Walmart as the other ones (like him, presumably) and so they may be the reason for the some of the discontent associated with Walmart.

Former Managers Sue: Muslims of Arab Descent Accuse IHOP

A group of Arab-American former managers of Dallas area IHOP restaurants have filed a lawsuit against their employer alleging religious and nationality discrimination, reports ABC News.

The four men, who are described in their filings as "Muslims of Arab descent" are named Hussein Chamseddine, Rami Saleh, Brandon Adam, and Chekri "Sam" Bakro. Before being fired they had worked for IHOP anywhere between 12 to 24 years.

Three Lessons from the EEOC for Fast Food Franchise Owners

Getting to become a franchise owner is a long and difficult process, involving training, traveling, and tremendous amount of capital. Given the high stakes involved, it is therefore valuable to know what to do with respect to your employees when you finally do have your fast food franchise.

Thankfully, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is out there to provide guidance to fast food franchises. Some of the lessons you should take away can be found in three recent lawsuits that the EEOC brought against a McDonald’s, a Burger King, and a Wendy’s.

Black Bachelor: 'The Bachelor' Sued For Contestant Discrimination?

Reality shows just got a lot realer as two black men have sued the popular relationship reality show The Bachelor for something that for lack of a better term might be called contestant discrimination, reportsThe Assoicated Press.

Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson both believed that they were good, solid, charming contestants, who simply were not given a fair shot at getting picked due to their race. They are alleging that reality show racism led the producers to give more time to white contestants.

Penis Dumplings Come to Light in Sexual Harassment Case

A sexual harassment case against the celeb-popular Chin Chin Chinese Restaurant in New York City is drawing a lot of attention for the fact that it served penis shaped dumplings to its patrons, reports Huffington Post.

Turns out that in the allegations by Chin Chin employee Yvonne Diaz, one of the things mentioned is that the workers would hold the "penis dumplings" in between their legs and then go ahead and serve them to customers.

Texas Nude Maid Service Causes Stir

Who would have thought that it would be Texas at the forefront of a nude maid service kerfuffle, reports Huffington Post.

Melissa Borrett, the founder of a Texas nude maid service called Fantasy Maid Service, is attracting a lot of attention in Lubbock, Texas, because she is charging $100 an hour to clean people's homes in lingerie or naked.

Worker Training in Texas Leads to Senate Hearing

Worker training in Texas is an important subject for employers around the state, and the State Senate therefore held a meeting on the subject on April 10, reports Employer Brief.

The Senate Committee on Business and Commerce invited and took testimony on studies relates to the state's approach to licensing and regulation of various occupations.

Female Trucker Harassment Class Action Puts EEOC On Trial

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is known for fighting on behalf of workers who are harassed or discriminated or retaliated against.

But sometimes things don't go as the EEOC might have planned. That is what happened when it went after CRST Van Expedited Inc., a large trucking company, for sexual harassment of its female truckers, reports The Associated Press.

Will Gray Panthers Suffer Hair Colorism?

The term gray panther has come into greater use lately, to refer to women that hope to have a successful professional life, while keeping a full head of gray hair, reports The Associated Press.

One of the issues that these gray panthers will apparently be facing might be termed "hair colorism" -- a sort of prejudice where women with gray hair are considered old while men with gray hair are considered distinguished.

How to Fire an Employee in Houston: What Not to Do

Most employers will tell you that they don't like letting people go. However, sometimes firing an employee is necessary.

For employers in these parts, this raises the question of how to fire an employee in Houston. This post will try to answer that question.

Generally, there are a number of things you need to be aware of about firing an employee in Houston. Knowing these may help you avoid some of the issues that could come up with the Texas Workforce Commission.

Alleged FedEx Discrimination By Federal Contractors Settled

FedEx, the global shipping giant, will be paying $3 million to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination reports Human Resources Journal.

The agreement came about as a result of efforts by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Officials from the OFCCP had gone around FedEx facilities across the country and allege that federal contractors had been violating Executive Order 11246.

As a result of the settlement, reports HR Journal: