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US Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Whether Title VII Prohibits LGBT Discrimination

After considering the petitions at eleven separate private conferences, on April 22, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in three cases involving the extent of protection provided by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – if any – against employment-based discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.  As we … Continue Reading

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Rules That Sexual Orientation Discrimination Violates Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

    In a potentially groundbreaking decision that increases legal protections throughout the U.S. for lesbian, gay and bisexual employees, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled on June 15, 2015, that existing civil rights law bars sexual orientation-based employment discrimination.  The EEOC addressed the question of whether the ban on sex discrimination in Title VII … Continue Reading

Government launches gender pay gap consultation

The Government has today launched a consultation on its commitment to introduce regulations to require private and voluntary sector businesses with at least 250 employees in Great Britain to publish gender pay gap information.  A gender pay gap shows the difference between the average earnings of men and women as a percentage of men’s earnings.  … Continue Reading

Top Ten Factors for effective leadership in the Middle East – a personal perspective

Unlike many other regions in the world the Middle East is characterised by a diverse range of nationalities and different cultures. Official estimates suggest that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) alone are host to some 200 different nationalities. Put in context, such diversity is both an enormous challenge and an opportunity for business. HR functions … Continue Reading

Utah Passes Law Prohibiting LGBT Employment Discrimination

On March 12, Utah Governor Herbert signed into law S.B. 296, which amends the Utah Antidiscrimination Act to prohibit discrimination in employment by Utah employers on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Notably, and perhaps not surprisingly given that 60% of Utah residents identify as Mormons, although the law had the support of … Continue Reading

Freeman’s Background Check Win Has Little to Do with Background Checks, Everything to Do with EEOC Experts.

The EEOC has pushed hard in recent years to curb employer use of background checks in hiring decisions (see our blog post here).  In 2009, the EEOC filed suit against Freeman, a national provider of integrated services, alleging that Freeman relied on credit and criminal background checks that caused a disparate impact on black and … Continue Reading

EEOC Internal Memo Reveals LGBT Discrimination Remains Enforcement Priority

On February 3, 2015, the EEOC’s Director of the Office of Field Programs issued a memorandum to the agency’s district directors regarding the handling of LGBT-related discrimination claims. Although Title VII does not explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of an employee’s identification as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, the memorandum states that the EEOC … Continue Reading

Putting your unconscious bias on one side

For HR leaders, the idea that there is clear competitive advantage to be gained from employing a diverse workforce might be old news.  Acas highlights the link between promoting diversity and harnessing talent on its website.  But minorities are still under-represented at the top of corporations in the UK (and globally), suggesting there remains a … Continue Reading

Navy affair rocks the boat – but is the response sexist?

It was reported recently that the Royal Navy’s first female warship commander has been relieved of her post following allegations of an affair with an officer under her command (a comment on their working hierarchy rather than any judgment on their alleged romantic relationship, I should make clear).   Sarah West is undoubtedly an important figure … Continue Reading

Diversity in Saudi Arabia – from small acorns ….

The focus of many diversity efforts in Saudi Arabia, unusually, is including our own nationals in the workplace, not the more usual concerns about the relative lack of opportunities offered to ethnic minorities in the working population.  This arises because the private sector in Saudi Arabia has been dominated by foreign expatriate workers despite a … Continue Reading

Succession planning – getting more women on board

“Women as Agents of Change” is the theme of the Commonwealth Summit opened by the Queen on 28 October in Perth. Leaders of the 16 Commonwealth countries where the Queen is Head of State unanimously approved reforms to royal succession laws dating back more than 300 years which will give sons and daughters of any … Continue Reading
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