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Did coach's anti-gay comment cross line?updated: Fri May 11 2012 09:02:00

CNN's Chris Welch reports on whether a Huskers coach's anti-gay comments were personal or professional.

Who says women don't care about wages?updated: Tue Apr 17 2012 12:01:00

Wisconsin state Sen. Glenn Grothman, who supports Gov. Scott Walker's repeal of a law that protected workers from pay discrimination, recently said, "You could argue that money is more important for men. I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious."

Teacher loses church-state employment appealupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 12:48:00

A former teacher at a Michigan religious school lost her workplace discrimination claim at the Supreme Court Wednesday, as the justices deftly avoided the larger questions raised in the church-state dispute.

Being gay is not a choiceupdated: Wed Nov 16 2011 19:46:00

When Shorter University in northwest Georgia recently informed its 200 employees that they had to sign a "personal lifestyle pledge" requiring them to reject homosexuality or lose their jobs, school administrators underscored a staggering injustice: In 29 U.S. states, people can still be fired for being gay.

High court hears church-state appeal over 'ministerial' employeeupdated: Wed Oct 05 2011 14:46:00

Few issues divide the Supreme Court -- and the country at large -- more than church-state matters, and arguments before the Supreme Court on Wednesday involving a workplace discrimination lawsuit against a Lutheran church proved especially touchy.

NYU pays major settlement in racial discrimination suitupdated: Wed Aug 17 2011 13:14:00

New York University will pay $210,000 to settle a harassment lawsuit after an employee was subjected to racial slurs and insults, according to a statement from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Supreme Court: Wal-Mart case too bigupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 21:39:00

The Supreme Court decided against allowing a class-action suit against Wal-Mart. CNN's Jeffrey Toobin explains why.

Supreme Court rules for Wal-Mart in massive job discrimination lawsuitupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 21:39:00

The Supreme Court put the brakes on a massive job discrimination lawsuit against mega-retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc., saying the plaintiffs had not shown justification for sweeping class-action status that could have potentially involved hundreds of thousands of current and former female workers.

Federal agency files large human-trafficking suitupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 20:11:00

The federal government is calling a human-trafficking lawsuit against a California-based farm labor contractor and eight farms the largest case of alleged forced labor of farm workers in the United States.

What Wal-Mart case means for womenupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 06:55:00

In perhaps one of the most closely watched cases on its docket, the Supreme Court yesterday heard oral argument in the largest employment class-action litigation ever.

Women versus Wal-Mart at Supreme Courtupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 06:55:00

Female workers suing Wal-Mart for workplace discrimination faced an uphill battle at the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Most justices appear skeptical of making Wal-Mart suit class actionupdated: Tue Mar 29 2011 19:58:00

Female workers suing retail giant Wal-Mart Stores for workplace discrimination faced an uphill battle at the Supreme Court on Tuesday in their efforts to proceed in a massive class-action lawsuit.

Wal-mart goes to the Supreme Courtupdated: Tue Mar 29 2011 19:58:00

Attorneys for Wal-mart are at the Supreme Court Tuesday, fighting a suit filed by female employees claiming gender bias.

High court affirms third-party standing in employer retaliation suitupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 16:22:00

Miriam Regalado sued her employer for alleged gender discrimination. Three weeks later, the company fired her fiancé, citing "performance issues." The couple then sued, claiming job retaliation for the original complaint aimed specifically at the man.

Wal-Mart gender pay suitupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 08:41:00

The Supreme Court takes on a bias case filed against Wal-Mart that has widespread implications. CNN's Mary Snow reports.

Justices accept appeal over Wal-Mart gender pay lawsuitupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 08:41:00

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether to certify the largest class-action employment lawsuit in U.S. history, a long-standing dispute against mega-retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. over alleged gender bias in pay and promotions.

CNNMoney: Wal-Mart asks Supreme Court to halt discrimination suitupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 17:16:00

Wal-Mart has asked the Supreme Court to stop a massive gender discrimination suit that has dragged on for years, the company said Wednesday. The suit is the largest class-action employment discrimination case in U.S. history.

Important updates to Disabilities Actupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 19:45:00

President Obama announces sweeping improvements to the ADA on the 20th anniversary of the legislation's passing.

I'm a person, not a conditionupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 19:45:00

As I sat on the White House lawn 20 years ago and watched President George H.W. Bush sign the Americans with Disabilities Act into law, I knew it was a grand day for disabled people. However, I also knew that we still had a long way to go.

Witnesses offer support, opposition to Kagan as hearing concludesupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 21:25:00

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's confirmation hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded Thursday with witnesses for and against the solicitor general, including former military members who slammed her handling of military recruiters on the Harvard University campus.

Kagan leans on side of cautionupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 21:25:00

The Senate Judiciary Committee has completed its public questioning of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

ATF agents describe fear of retaliationupdated: Thu May 27 2010 08:06:00

It's a Monday morning, and Vince Cefalu just got into work at his more than $150,000-a-year-job as a special agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

ATF under fireupdated: Thu May 27 2010 08:06:00

After once being heralded as one of the champions of law enforcement after 9/11, the ATF now faces heavy criticism.

Court: Wal-Mart gender pay lawsuit can go to trialupdated: Tue Apr 27 2010 13:08:00

A federal appeals court has certified the largest class-action employment lawsuit in U.S. history, in a long-standing dispute against retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. over alleged gender bias in pay and promotions.

CNNMoney: Wal-Mart gender pay lawsuit heads to trialupdated: Mon Apr 26 2010 18:55:00

A federal appeals court has certified the largest class-action employment lawsuit in U.S. history, in a long-standing dispute against retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. over alleged gender bias in pay and promotions.

Pregnancy discrimination?updated: Sat Mar 06 2010 22:36:00

A woman is filing a discrimination claim against a topless bar because she says she was demoted after getting pregnant.

New Haven firefighters in discrimination case get promotionsupdated: Wed Nov 25 2009 14:05:00

The city of New Haven, Connecticut, will promote 14 firefighters who were involved in a workplace discrimination case that worked its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge rules FDNY exams discriminated against minoritiesupdated: Wed Jul 22 2009 22:50:00

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the New York City Fire Department used recruitment exams that discriminated against African-American and Hispanic applicants.

'Reverse' discimination caseupdated: Tue Jun 30 2009 11:05:00

The Supreme Court decides a workplace discrimination case that could have huge implications. CNN's Mary Snow reports.

Justice Ginsburg ready to welcome Sotomayorupdated: Tue Jun 16 2009 20:16:00

While most sitting Supreme Court justices refuse to comment about current and future nominees to that bench, one member says she can't wait to welcome Judge Sonia Sotomayor to that exclusive club.

Supreme Court issues setback for female workersupdated: Tue May 19 2009 12:59:00

Decades-old time off given women for pregnancy leave cannot be counted when deciding pension eligibility, the Supreme Court decided Monday.

CNNMoney: High court ruling setback for female workersupdated: Mon May 18 2009 14:00:00

Decades-old time off given women for pregnancy leave cannot be counted when deciding pension eligibility, the Supreme Court decided Monday.

FSB: When a staffer switches gendersupdated: Wed Apr 29 2009 13:33:00

Tony Ferraiolo will never forget his first day back at work after surgery. The 46-year-old supervisor's knees trembled as he entered the windowless headquarters of Madison Co., a switch and sensor manufacturer in Branford, Conn.

CNNMoney: Obama's first law: The fight for fair payupdated: Mon Feb 02 2009 12:25:00

The issue of compensating your employees just got a bit trickier.

Obama signs 'fair pay' actupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 01:05:00

President Obama signs the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act into law.

Day of vindication for grandma as pay law signedupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 01:05:00

For Lilly Ledbetter, it was a day of vindication over a decade in the making.

Money Magazine: Laid off at 50: What next?updated: Thu Dec 11 2008 10:46:00

Jerry Prine has always been a successful guy, rising to senior marketing executive at Wang Labs and the Harris Corp. before helping to launch a wireless start-up. His wife Lisa never had to work; he has nearly paid off their $500,000 house in Atlanta and put both his daughters through private colleges. Pregnant Women Still Face Job Discriminationupdated: Fri Oct 31 2008 13:00:00

On the 30th Anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, a new report shows there's still plenty of bias in the workplace against moms-to-be

McCain's $300 million rewardupdated: Tue Jun 24 2008 07:09:00

John McCain gives inventors a $300 million incentive to develop a battery that works in hybrid or electric cars.

McCain calls for $300 million prize for better car batteryupdated: Tue Jun 24 2008 07:09:00

Sen. John McCain on Monday called for a $300 million prize to whoever can develop a battery that will "leapfrog" the abilities of current hybrid and electric cars. Coming Clean on Worker Salariesupdated: Mon May 05 2008 18:00:00

Not knowing what your colleagues make can hurt you. A modest proposal for closing the paycheck gap

Wage protection soughtupdated: Wed Apr 23 2008 21:01:00

An Alabama woman joins Sen. Ted Kennedy in fighting for a bill giving employees greater remedy for wage discrimination.

FSB: Age discrimination hits Supreme Courtupdated: Tue Dec 04 2007 18:37:00

To what extent can an employee plaintiff use testimony from co-workers to prove that a company discriminates based on age? That's the issue that the Supreme Court took up Monday morning in Sprint and United Management Company versus Mendelsohn. Job Search Hard for Returning Vetsupdated: Thu Nov 08 2007 09:30:00

Growing numbers of military reservists say the government is providing little help to soldiers who are denied their old jobs when they return home

FSB: Supreme Court hears age discrimination caseupdated: Wed Nov 07 2007 18:54:00

This week the Supreme Court took up a case that could have far-reaching effects on workplace discrimination lawsuits nationwide.

Fortune: The war over unconscious biasupdated: Sun Sep 30 2007 23:27:00

Last February a federal appeals court panel in San Francisco decided, 2-1, to allow the largest class action employment discrimination case ever convened to go forward against Wal-Mart Stores. The class includes the more than two million women who have worked at any of the company's more than 4,000 retail stores nationwide since Dec. 26, 1998.

Fortune: Obama flunks Econ 101updated: Mon Jun 04 2007 10:15:00

It's baaaack!! Yes, "comparable worth," which faded out around the same time the Bay City Rollers were disbanding, is making a comeback, under the euphemism "pay equity". To wit: the Fair Pay Act of 2007. Introduced by Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) in April (Illionois Sen. and Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama is one of 15 co-sponsors) the Act notes the existence of wage differentials between men and women. Court: Limit Pay Discrimination Suitsupdated: Tue May 29 2007 18:25:00

The Supreme Court limited workers' ability to sue for pay discrimination Tuesday, ruling against a Goodyear employee who earned thousands of dollars less than her male counterparts but waited too long to complain A terrible message updated: Fri Feb 09 2007 14:07:00

Rene Portland still has a job. And I am utterly stumped at how.

Today's Buzz storiesupdated: Fri Jan 12 2007 14:49:00

Wright State University President Kim Goldenberg received a surprise at his retirement bash -- a visit from Mr. Spock of "Star Trek," aka actor Leonard Nimoy.

Money Magazine: Getting around the '401(k) penalty'updated: Fri Nov 10 2006 12:11:00

Question: My husband and I are trying very hard to get our finances in order and save for retirement. But just when we thought we'd be able to contribute the maximum $15,000 this year to my husband's 401(k) because he got a nice raise, we found out he is considered a "highly compensated employee."

CNNMoney: Before you call it quitsupdated: Wed Jul 12 2006 15:56:00

While half of all baby boomers expect to be working past 65 years old, only about 13 percent of retirees are actually doing so, according to a recent study.

Fortune: Help! My boss insists I donate to a cause I disagree withupdated: Wed Jul 05 2006 09:45:00

Dear Annie: My company was recently acquired, and the culture is changing drastically. One aspect of the new regime, as openly expressed by the company president, is that we are all expected to donate money to a political action committee. I have heard that failure to join the PAC means your name ends up on a list and you get fewer opportunities for promotions, plum assignments, etc.

Fortune: ExxonMobil's gay problemupdated: Thu May 11 2006 09:37:00

Does ExxonMobil have a problem with gay people?

Pentagon, law schools square offupdated: Tue Dec 06 2005 14:07:00

The Supreme Court demonstrated deep skepticism Tuesday that universities should be allowed to turn away military recruiters and still accept federal funds.

Harry's sacked teacher wins claimupdated: Mon Jul 04 2005 06:50:00

A sacked Eton College art teacher who secretly taped Prince Harry in an attempt to save her job has won her case for unfair dismissal from the school.

Fortune: 50 and Firedupdated: Mon May 16 2005 00:01:00

When Zurich Financial let Bob Miller go in February 2003, he wasn't worried. His résumé was impeccable. He had 20 years of experience under his belt and plenty of references describing him as a hig...

Supreme Court eases way for age discrimination suitsupdated: Wed Mar 30 2005 14:53:00

In a victory for older workers, the Supreme Court concluded Wednesday that people over 40 can sue for alleged age discrimination under a less burdensome legal standard of proof.

CNNMoney: EEOC complaints down, fines upupdated: Tue Feb 15 2005 09:14:00

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission collected a record $420 million from employers that violated workplace discrimination laws even as the total number of complaints filed dropped for the second consecutive year.

Fortune: Should My Laid-Off Friend Sue for Age Discrimination?updated: Mon Dec 27 2004 00:01:00

Dear Annie: A friend of mine was laid off recently, supposedly because he failed to meet certain (ridiculously high) goals. In truth, he thinks it was because he is much older and more expensive th...

CNNMoney: FedEx hit for $1.5Mupdated: Wed Dec 22 2004 16:34:00

FedEx Corp, the world's largest air-express mail service, was ordered to pay $1.5 million for retaliating against an employee who tried to promote two minority workers, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Wednesday.

Coach: Title IX protects me from retaliationupdated: Wed Dec 01 2004 10:40:00

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether the gender equity law that prohibits discrimination in women's sports also affords protections to people who report the unfair treatment.

Wal-Mart wants to declassify lawsuitupdated: Wed Aug 11 2004 14:11:00

A federal district court in San Francisco certified a sex discrimination class action suit against Wal-Mart earlier this summer. (When a court "certifies" a class action, it allows the case to proceed with a class of plaintiffs, according to class action rules -- as opposed to with a number of individual plaintiffs.)

Are 'Friends' writers 'required' to engage in sexual banter?updated: Tue May 04 2004 16:13:00

As the sun sets this week on "Friends," NBC's long-running hit sitcom, the writers, producers and network remain embroiled in litigation.

Fortune: Uh-Oh: Pensions May All Be In Perilupdated: Mon Sep 01 2003 00:01:00

In late July a federal district court ruled that IBM had violated age-discrimination laws when it switched its pension plan to the "cash balance" version in 1999. But while employee-rights activist...

Money Magazine: The Changing Face Of Pensionsupdated: Tue Apr 01 2003 00:01:00

As she moved up the ranks at AT&T, the last thing Jane Banfield worried about was her pension. She'd started out in sales in 1982, worked her way up to management and, by the late '90s, was startin...

Money Magazine: The changing face of pensionsupdated: Mon Mar 17 2003 14:01:00

As she moved up the ranks at AT&T, the last thing Jane Banfield worried about was her pension.

FSB: Gains & Lossesupdated: Sat Dec 01 2001 00:01:00

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Fortune: Working By Numbersupdated: Mon Jul 09 2001 00:01:00

25% "Brainstorming" ideas that improved a given process, according to a QualPro study of 471 process improvement experiments at 163 companies over the course of five years

Fortune: Finished At Forty IN THE NEW ECONOMY, THE SKILLS THAT COME WITH AGE COUNT FOR LESS AND LESS. SUDDENLY, 40 IS updated: Mon Feb 01 1999 00:01:00

America is no place to age gracefully. Of course, basketball players, dancers, and fashion models are finished young; mathematicians and chess players peak early too. So do construction workers and...

Money Magazine: HOW TO FIGHT FOR YOUR HEALTH BENEFITSupdated: Fri Aug 01 1997 00:01:00

Edward McKeever always knew his job could kill him. For 25 years, he assembled steel girders into office towers and magnificent bridges like the 4,260-foot-long Verrazano Narrows span that links Br...


Texaco, Mitsubishi, Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney, the U.S. Army. What do these employers have in common? They have all been the target of recent allegations of either harassment or discrimination i...

Money Magazine: "TOO DAMN OLD"updated: Mon Jul 01 1996 00:01:00

A few weeks before he was fired in August 1990, James O'Connor says, his boss told him that he was "too damn old" to travel around Virginia and the Carolinas overseeing the company's vending machin...




The racial-preference policies lumped together under the label "affirmative action" seem to be reaching the end of their collective road. The Republican majority in Congress and most GOP presidenti...

Money Magazine: WOMEN COULD BE BIG LOSERS IF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION FALLSupdated: Tue Aug 01 1995 00:01:00

MEMO TO PRESIDENT CLINTON: While you and the rest of the Beltway bigwigs consider re-engineering affirmative action programs that favor minorities, the nation's 60 million working women might not c...



Fortune: HOW TO ALIENATE YOUR TOP JOB CANDIDATESupdated: Mon Dec 26 1994 00:01:00

Women and minorities embarking on careers in white-collar America may find the welcome they receive a tad harsh. A survey of 200 top college students by the Hanigan Consulting Group shows that Fort...

Fortune: Rights for copywriters, more management murders, the promise Bill will keep, and other matters. ONLY IN AMERICA (Cont'd)updated: Mon May 31 1993 00:01:00

A decision to require tuberculosis tests for U.S. Postal Service job applicants in the Washington area has raised . . . concerns about how to curb the growing number of local TB cases without stepp...

Money Magazine: Fighting age bias at work; spring ski bargains; regulating financial planners; wealth-boosting videos HOW TO FIGHT AGE BIAS AND updated: Mon Mar 01 1993 00:01:00

With the ranks of workers ages 50 and up growing by about 1% each year amid massive corporate layoffs, age-bias complaints filed with state and federal regulators have jumped 28% since 1990 to more...

Money Magazine: SHE BLEW THE WHISTLE ON SEXUAL BIAS Now Sgt. Lauri Schwefel of the Milwaukee PD will use what's left of her $72,000 out-of-courtupdated: Sun Dec 01 1991 00:01:00

As a 21-year-old rookie with the Milwaukee police force a dozen years ago, Lauri Schwefel used to accept male officers' off-color humor and sexual innuendos as part of the job. ''I'd be with a bunc...

Fortune: Guess what's sacred at Stanford, the case for ageism, panhandler rights, and other matters. SLIPPINGupdated: Mon Dec 17 1990 00:01:00

Your servant senses that it is time for a little more back talk on the subject of ageism. Every time you turn around these days, there is another uplifting editorial deploring bias against the oldi...

Fortune: Biting questions, unreality in the desert, the lawyers' favorite legislation, and other matters. THE LAWYERS ARE SALIVATINGupdated: Mon Apr 09 1990 00:01:00

We have bad news from Billcast: The Civil Rights Act of 1990 looks like a winner. Billcast, the legislative forecasting system admiringly described in these columns a while back (February 26), says...

Fortune: A New ERA, The Decline of Everyone, Rethinking McDonald's, and Other Matters. The Case Against Old Ageupdated: Mon Nov 10 1986 00:01:00

A decent interval having elapsed, we figure it would be acceptable to nonchalantly restate the case in favor of age discrimination, especially in light of certain subtle hints that nobody in the Ho...

Fortune: A KGB Charmer, A New Deck in L.A., Howard's Hysterics, and Other Matters. And Now, a Kind Word for Age Discriminationupdated: Mon Feb 17 1986 00:01:00

In his outstretched hand, Keeping Up's senior policy analyst brandished a now-empty library folder labeled ''AGED, United States, Discrimination, 1980 -- .'' Piled around his ankles was a three-inc...

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