Monday, February 8, 2016

Save-A-Lot Franchise Pays $125,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

Company Ignored Escalating Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault of Female Cashier, Federal Agency Charged

GREENVILLE, Miss. - The Canton, Miss., franchise of Save-A-Lot Grocery operated by Potter and Sims Foods, Inc., a Kosciusko, Miss.-based grocery company, will pay a former employee $125,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

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EEOC Seeks Input on Proposed Pay Data Collection Requirements and Retaliation Enforcement Guidance

Littler Mendolson, Lexology

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is soliciting public comments on two proposed policy changes that could have a significant impact on employers. The agency plans to require companies with 100 or more employees to include pay data as part of their Employer Information Report (EEO-1) form submissions, and issue enforcement guidance on unlawful retaliation.

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Missouri State University students demand removal of diversity official

By Claudette Riley, Springfield News-Leader

For the second time in three months, a group of Missouri State University students is demanding changes that involve top diversity officials.

This time, they seek the immediate dismissal of Juan Meraz, assistant vice president of multicultural services. He is MSU's highest-ranking Hispanic official.

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Rental Pro to Pay $37,000 to Settle EEOC Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Equipment Rental Company Owner Sought 'Younger and Peppier' Employees, Federal Agency Charged

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Rental Pro, a miscellaneous equipment rental company located in Somerset, Ky., with locations in Hazard, London and Pikeville, Ky., will pay $37,000 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

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Five Tips If You’re Planning To Fire A Pregnant Employee, Especially One With A Disability

FisherBroyles, Lexology

The EEOC has long declared in its Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”) that issues “involving the intersection between the ADA and pregnancy-related limitations is one of [its] six national priorities.”

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Busineses Owned By Women Less Likely to Win U.S. Contracts, Study Says

By Jackie Calmes, The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The odds of businesses owned by women winning a federal contract are about 21 percent lower than for otherwise similar companies, and years of effort to increase those chances have barely made an impact, according to a new report from the Commerce Department.

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Why Did the University of California Fire a Tenured Professor?

The University of California has fired just a handful of tenured professors since the late 1950s -- including one late last month. Details are still hazy, but those involved in the controversial case against a well-known professor of English at the Riverside campus are breaking their silence.

By By Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed

In an extremely rare move, the University of California System Board of Regents last month fired a tenured faculty member -- over alleged violations of the university's sexual harassment and drug and alcohol use policies. While the exact details of the professor’s transgressions are confidential for now, the case has spilled over into the public sphere. Rob Latham, former professor of English at the system’s Riverside campus, says shared governance and his academic freedom have been violated and that he intends to sue, while some of his former colleagues are defending the university’s decision.

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Chicago Professor Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Investigation

By Amy Harmon, New York Times

A prominent molecular biologist at the University of Chicago has resigned after a university recommendation that he be fired for violating the school’s sexual misconduct policy. His resignation comes amid calls for universities to be more transparent about sexual harassment in their science departments, where women account for only one-quarter of senior faculty jobs.

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Federal Government Remains Focused on Title IX Compliance

By Olabisi Okubadejo, Ballard Spahr LLP

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently made announcements that signal the government’s continued focus on ensuring that colleges and universities comply with Title IX's prohibition against sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual assault.

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Nation’s prominent public universities are shifting to out-of-state students

By Nick Anderson and Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — America’s most prominent public universities were founded to serve the people of their states, but they are enrolling record numbers of students from elsewhere to maximize tuition revenue as state support for higher education withers.

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Eleventh Circuit Resurrects Transgender Mechanic’s Title VII Gender Discrimination Claim

SmithAmundsen LLC, Lexology

Recently the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (covering Georgia, Florida and Alabama) reversed a District Court decision which dismissed a Title VII gender discrimination claim brought by an auto mechanic who is transgender, Chavez v. Credit Nation Auto Sales, LLC (11th Cir. Jan. 14, 2016). In reinstating the plaintiff’s claim, the Eleventh Circuit reaffirmed its earlier pronouncement that discrimination based on gender nonconformity is unlawful sex discrimination.

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Can computers be racist? Big data, inequality, and discrimination

Michael Brennan, Ford Foundation

It seems like everyone is talking about the power of big data and how it is helping companies, governments, and organizations make better and more efficient decisions. But rarely do they mention that big data can actually perpetuate and exacerbate existing systems of racism, discrimination, and inequality.

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Confronting Racial Divide, Missouri’s Interim President Finds Anger, Finger-Pointing

Nearly three months after the University of Missouri’s top two officials resigned amid student protests, Michael Middleton leads an institution still wrestling with its path forward.

By Jack Stripling, The Chronicle of Higher Education

The University of Missouri remains deeply divided over racial issues that came to the fore three months ago, and the system’s new leader says that his efforts to move forward are complicated by anger and distrust that persist across the state.

Michael A. Middleton, a veteran civil-rights lawyer and retired deputy chancellor at Missouri’s Columbia campus, the flagship, was tapped in November to serve as the system’s interim president after Missouri’s two top officials resigned amid student protests.

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Sexual Assault Allegation Shakes Conduct Group

President-elect of organization of officials who play key roles in Title IX cases accuses her predecessor of sexual misconduct.

By Josh Logue, Inside Higher Ed

The president-elect of the Association for Student Conduct Administration published an open letter on Twitter Wednesday evening, the first night of the organization’s annual conference, in which she says she was sexually assaulted by its former president-elect and that the ASCA “has not had my back” in the incident’s aftermath.

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New Book Discusses Self Stratification among Black Academics

By Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed

Social science suggests that stigmatized groups compete for social standing. And a new book that’s part qualitative study, part autobiography, suggests that that trend is evident in higher education among black academics.

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Students with Disabilities More Likely to Drop out of High School

By Frank Kineavy, DiversityInc

Students with disabilities are lagging behind their able-bodied peers when it comes to high school graduation. As the U.S. is on track to reach 90 percent graduation rates by 2020, students with disabilities only graduate at a rate of 61.9 percent, according to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation Report released by the America’s Promise Alliance.

This outlook is grim, especially considering that students with disabilities account for approximately 13 percent of all public school students nationwide. But since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 25 years ago, some steps have been taken in an attempt to increase graduation rates.

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N.F.L. Will Require Women to Be Interviewed for Executive Positions

By Ken Belson, The New York Times

SAN FRANCISCO — In an effort to diversify leadership in the upper ranks of the N.F.L., Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday that the league would now require that at least one woman be interviewed for any executive position openings in the league office.

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