Last week, a federal judge in the Central District of California made big news when he found that “claims of sexual orientation discrimination are gender stereotype or sex discrimination” prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The decision relied on analysis from the EEOC’s recent decision involving federal employees, quoting “[a]n employee could show that the sexual orientation discrimination he or she experiences was sex discrimination because it involved treatment that would not have occurred but for the individual’s sex[.]” While the case has limited value as precedent, an EEOC Commissioner labeled the case a “must read” and provided her own highlights.
- A professor at Christian evangelical Wheaton College was suspended after explaining why she wore a hijab in support of Muslims.
- A rubber manufacturer for the automobile industry will pay $600,000 to resolve class action claims of age discrimination brought by the EEOC.
- Dell’s Chief Management Officer talked about how the company is encouraging more diversity in its workforce.
- PC Magazine provided some predictions for HR technology, including expanded cloud use, wearables, and data analytics.
- The Department of Justice appears to have opened a criminal investigation into employees at Lyft, who are suspected of creating a data breach at rival Uber.
- The Department of Homeland Security announced that many E-Verify records that are more than 10 years old will be destroyed. Employers who have used E-Verify for more than 10 years should start downloading if they want to preserve the records.
- A man who listed his employer on his Facebook page was terminated for using derogatory language to refer to a feminist.
In other developments:
- Doug Hass of DayShift listed the states and cities where minimum wages will rise in 2016.
- Seyfarth Shaw’s Wage and Hour Litigation blog reported on a Department of Labor discussion of the “gig” economy and what it means for new-model companies to do right by workers.
- Jon Hyman encouraged HR professionals to “join the rebels and fight the dark side.”