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  • Woman Files Complaint Against Disney Over Right to Wear Hijab

    08/21/2010 1:27:04 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | August 21,2010 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A Muslim woman who works as a hostess at a restaurant in Disneyland has filed a discrimination complaint against the world-renowned California theme park, saying officials at the park violated the law when they told her she could not appear in front of customers while wearing a religious head scarf. Imane Boudlal, 26, of Anaheim, Calif., has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming Disneyland violated her rights when it ordered her either to remove her hijab or agree to work where customers couldn't see her at Storyteller's Café at the resort's Grand Californian Hotel &...
  • Men are the best bosses: Women at the top are just too moody (title truncated)

    Original title: Men are the best bosses: Women at the top are just too moody (and it's women themselves who say so)... They are hormonal, incapable of leaving their personal lives at home and only too happy to talk about their staff behind their backs. Female bosses are a nightmare to work for, a survey of employees concludes. And it is not just men who think so. Two-thirds of women said they preferred a male boss because their straight-talking, ‘get to the point’ attitude makes them easier to deal with. They are also much less likely to have a hidden...
  • Report: alleged Hartford Distributors shooter claimed racial harassment

    08/03/2010 2:54:32 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 42 replies · 23+ views
    csmonitor.com ^ | Aug 3 2010 | Amanda Paulson
    Nine people are dead in a workplace shooting in a Manchester, Ct., beer-distribution warehouse, and an unknown number are wounded. On Tuesday morning, Omar Thornton, a driver for Hartford Distributors, went on a shooting rampage during a morning shift change, and then killed himself, police say. Mr. Thornton, who had worked for the company for a couple of years, had been called in for a disciplinary hearing, according to reports, and was on his way there this morning. It was unclear whether the meeting had taken place before he started shooting. Joanne Hannah, a former neighbor of Thornton whose daughter...
  • Say goodbye to full-time jobs with benefits

    06/01/2010 1:03:01 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 100 replies · 2,843+ views
    CNN Money ^ | 06/01/2010 | CNN Money
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Jobs may be coming back, but they aren't the same ones workers were used to. Many of the jobs employers are adding are temporary or contract positions, rather than traditional full-time jobs with benefits. With unemployment remaining near 10%, employers have their pick of workers willing to accept less secure positions.
  • Goodbye, Employer-Sponsored Insurance

    05/20/2010 5:50:26 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 51 replies · 1,593+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 05-21-10 | JOHN C. GOODMAN
    Companies are discovering that it's cheaper to pay fines to the government than to cover workers. Millions of American workers could discover that they no longer have employer-provided health insurance as ObamaCare is phased in. That's because employers are quickly discovering that it may be cheaper to pay fines to the government than to insure workers. AT&T, Caterpillar, John Deere and Verizon have all made internal calculations, according the House Energy and Commerce Committee, to determine how much could be saved by a) dropping their employer-provided insurance, b) paying a fine of $2,000 per employee, and c) leaving their employees...
  • American Eagle Changes Employee Policy to be Trans Friendly (AG Andrew Cumo forces compliance)

    05/14/2010 11:09:33 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 9 replies · 553+ views
    http://www.campusprogress.org ^ | May 13, 2010 | By Kay Steiger
    After a battle with New York Attorney General Andrew Cumo, the clothing retail chain American Eagle has changed its policies to be more transgender friendly. According to the NY Daily News, the company is “nixing a rule about employee ‘personal appearance’ that banned men from wearing women’s clothing and ladies from dressing as guys.” The retailer has also agreed to train employees to be sensitive to transgender issues, including using preferred pronouns by transgender individuals. Of course, anti-gay “family values” groups like the Family Research Council are starting to frame this as a policy that victimizes employers. According to a...
  • Big firms find ending health insurance and paying fines may be cheaper.

    05/08/2010 6:51:55 AM PDT · by Til I am the last man standing · 24 replies · 796+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 5-8-10 | Victor Godinez
    AT&T paid about $2.4 billion last year to cover medical costs of its 283,000 active workers, according to one document. If the company were to push all those workers onto subsidized exchanges, AT&T estimated, it would only have to pay an annual penalty of $600 million, or $2,000 a worker.
  • Robert Peters: SEC pornography scandal shows harms of obscene material

    04/24/2010 9:06:25 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 27 replies · 567+ views
    CatholicNewsAgency ^ | New York City, N.Y., Apr 24, 2010
    www.catholicnewsagency.com Robert Peters: SEC pornography scandal shows harms of obscene material Morality in Media president Robert Peters. Related articles: The 2008 Presidential Election and Its Impact on Enforcement of Federal Obscenity LawsThe Harmful Effects of PornographySummary Of Obscenity And Related LawsEnforcement of Obscenity Laws Is Not ‘Censorship’ New York City, N.Y., Apr 24, 2010 / 07:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The exposure of workplace pornography use at the Securities and Exchange Commission while the 2008 financial crisis was unfolding shows the harmful consequences of such material, Morality in Media president Robert Peters has said. Calling for open condemnation of the...
  • Men Say They Were Fired For Good Deed : Denver Men Help Mall Security To Catch Shoplifter

    04/23/2010 10:29:27 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies · 1,445+ views
    7News ^ | April 23, 2010 | Marc Stewart
    Two Denver men said their efforts to be good citizens cost them their jobs. Paul Shoemaker and Mike McGee... were fired from the Sprint store inside the Cherry Creek Mall after chasing a suspected shoplifter. The two claim they were walking out of the store when they stumbled upon a security guard in the hall, clearly in need. "(He) came right basically in front of us, and was like, 'Help me, Help me.' Out of breath. You could totally hear he was distraught," said Shoemaker...from the Apple store. "It's the way I was raised as a kid. You see something...
  • EPA headquarters contaminated with lead, likely from Secret Service shooting range

    04/16/2010 9:18:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 449+ views
    daily caller ^ | 4/16/10 | Jonathan Strong
    Days before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalizes strict new regulations for dealing with toxic lead in residential homes, the agency is quietly cleaning up a dangerous lead contamination at its own headquarters. Dust samples recently taken from EPA’s Ariel Rios headquarters building were in many cases much higher than federal government limits for commercial buildings, documents show.
  • Man Commits Suicide Over Racism Accusation

    04/12/2010 11:45:40 AM PDT · by Charles West · 41 replies · 1,987+ views
    Youth for Western Civilization ^ | 4/12/10 | Kevin DeAnna
    Political correctness does not just infect the United States. It affects our entire Western family. An extreme, though revealing story out of New Zealand today. Two friends, a white man and a black man, saw some immigration officers outside their office. The white man jokingly said to his friend, "You'd better hide." A trifle indelicate perhaps, but like most normal people, the black guy didn't care and interpreted this as a joke. Both men probably thought nothing of it. However, one of those insufferable busybodies that constantly feel the need to police our words and thoughts reported this deeply serious...
  • White House: The Economics of Workplace Flexibility

    03/31/2010 2:20:42 PM PDT · by Jean S · 13 replies · 572+ views
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | 3/31/10 | Cecilia Rouse
    As part of the White House Forum for Workplace Flexibility, the CEA released a report today presenting an economic perspective on flexible workplace policies and practices. Work-Life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility (pdf) highlights changes in American society over the past half century, including the increased number of women entering the labor force, the prevalence of families where all adults work, increasing eldercare responsibilities, and the rising importance of continuing education. These changes are among those that have increased the need for flexibility in the workplace. This increased need can be met with flexibility in terms of when...
  • St. Luke's (Hospital, PA) will no longer hire smokers

    03/29/2010 12:15:00 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 71 replies · 1,377+ views
    Morning Call ^ | 3/29/2010 | Staff
    St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network today announced it will only hire non-smokers starting May 1. As the region's second largest employer with over 7,000 employees, St Luke's will be the first in our area to implement such a policy, according to a press release. "While some may view this as a bold move," states Bob Zimmel, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at St. Luke's, "our organization feels strongly that promoting a healthier workplace benefits everyone."
  • Detroit clamping down on employee scents

    03/14/2010 5:20:55 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 76 replies · 1,473+ views
    upi ^ | March. 14, 2010
    DETROIT, - City officials in Detroit say workers at three city buildings will soon have to monitor their scents or face possible warnings. The Detroit News said Sunday that placards will be put up in the three Detroit buildings detailing the new guidelines on employees' use of such scented items as cologne or perfume. The notices due at the Cadillac Square Building, Coleman A. Young Municipal Center and First National Building will also ask employees to refrain from using air fresheners and scented candles while on the job. The new regulations are the result of the city's settlement of a...
  • The Secret to Having Happy Employees

    03/14/2010 1:07:02 AM PST · by floridavoter2 · 101 replies · 3,111+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 11, 2010 | Jay Goltz
    About 10 years ago I was having my annual holiday party, and my niece had come with her newly minted M.B.A. boyfriend. As he looked around the room, he noted that my employees seemed happy. I told him that I thought they were. Then, figuring I would take his new degree for a test drive, I asked him how he thought I did that. "I'm sure you treat them well," he replied. "That's half of it," I said. "Do you know what the other half is?"
  • Massa under investigation for allegedly groping male staffers

    03/09/2010 12:22:19 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 80 replies · 444+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 9, 2010 | Carol D. Leonnig
    Former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) has been under investigation for allegations that he groped multiple male staffers working in his office, according to three sources familiar with the probe. The allegations surrounding the former lawmaker date back at least a year, and involve "a pattern of behavior and physical harassment," according to one source. The new claims of alleged groping contradict statements by Massa, who resigned his office on Monday after it became public that he was the subject of a House ethics committee investigation for possible harassment. Massa had said that the allegations were limited to his use of...
  • Virginia attorney general to colleges: End gay protections

    03/06/2010 9:06:02 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 54 replies · 1,655+ views
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | March 6, 2010 | By Rosalind S. Helderman
    RICHMOND -- Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II has urged the state's public colleges and universities to rescind policies that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, arguing in a letter sent to each school that their boards of visitors had no legal authority to adopt such statements. In his most aggressive initiative on conservative social issues since taking office in January, Cuccinelli (R) wrote in the letter sent Thursday that only the General Assembly can extend legal protections to gay state employees, students and others -- a move the legislature has repeatedly declined to take as recently as...
  • More Males Filing Sexual Harassment in Workplace Claims

    03/05/2010 8:39:23 PM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 76 replies · 1,725+ views
    Insurance Journal ^ | March 5, 2010 | Sam Hananel
    More Males Filing Sexual Harassment in Workplace Claims By Sam Hananel March 5, 2010 John Pilkington's boss wouldn't take no for an answer.During more than two years as a food runner at an upscale steakhouse in Scottsdale, Arizona, Pilkington says his male supervisor groped, fondled and otherwise sexually harassed him more than a dozen times."It was very embarrassing,'' Pilkington said. "I felt like I had to do something because the situation was just so bad.'' Now Pilkington, a married father of two, is the star witness in a U.S. federal lawsuit against Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and one...
  • Eric Massa (D-NY) to Resign

    03/05/2010 12:38:10 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 119 replies · 5,249+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/4/2010 | Mike Riggs
    New York Democratic Rep. Eric Massa will resign from the House on Monday, according Massa chief of staff Joe Racalto. While it’s the latest in a string of bad PR the Democrats have taken this week, Massa’s exit will actually help House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her quest to pass health care. Massa announced earlier in the week that he would retire due to health issues. Shortly after his announcement, allegations of sexual harassment surfaced in the press. Few congressional elections draw the kind of national attention that Erica Massa’s did in 2006. Even fewer draw an equal amount of...
  • Rep. Massa to retire amid allegations he sexual harassed male staffer

    03/04/2010 3:10:32 AM PST · by Scanian · 9 replies · 442+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 3, 2010 | NEWSCORE
    First-term congressman Eric Massa (D-NY) announced his intention not to seek re-election amid allegations that he sexually harassed a male staffer, Politico reported Wednesday. Politico cited several House aides, both Republican and Democrat for the allegations. Massa had cited his battle with cancer as the reason for his decision not to run for re-election. Asked by Politico about the accusations of sexual harassment, Massa said: “"When someone makes a decision to leave Congress, everybody says everything. I have health issues. I'll talk about it [later].”