Monday, October 24, 2016

Petition Launched to Include Justice Thomas into African American Museum After Exclusion

A petition has been started on for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who they believed was snubbed by the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture.

There is no mention of Thomas at the museum (except for footage of Anita Hill testifying against him at his confirmation hearings). Some are running to his defense, but the museum is standing their ground, justifying his exclusion.

Read more from the Atlantic Black Star here.

Title IX Officers Pay a Price for Navigating a Volatile Issue

On the second day of class this year, the University of Florida fired its deputy Title IX coordinator amid complaints that he had too much power over resolving sex-assault cases.

Then, this month, Baylor University’s Title IX coordinator resigned, charging the institution with refusing to give her enough authority.

The claims — that one Title IX officer had too much power, while another didn’t have what she needed — highlight the pitfalls and pressures for those in a high-profile job at the center of one of higher-education’s most vexing issues: campus sexual assault.

Read the rest at The Chronicle of Higher Education here.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Employment law in South Africa: a unique landscape

The labour environment in South Africa is sometimes perceived as being fairly highly regulated and investors in South Africa need to have an understanding of the regulatory framework governing employment in South Africa and the obligations resulting from that, if they wish to employ South African workers.
Employee risk in South Africa covers a familiar spectrum ranging from white-collar crime to industrial action (the possible exposure to which depends largely on the particular industry in question). It is worth noting that South African law does not permit dismissal at will and to pass judicial scrutiny, a dismissal must be both substantively and procedurally fair. As a determination is made by applying principles of equity, the outcome of dismissal litigation can at times be difficult to predict.
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Justice Sonia Sotomayor says she thought about hitting Antonin Scalia with baseball bat

Sonia Sotomayor said her fellow Supreme Court justice's comments sometimes left her wanting to dispense rough justice with sporting equipment.
“There are things he’s said on the bench where if I had a baseball bat, I might have used it,” the Bronx-born judge said of her late colleague Antonin Scalia on Monday.
To read more from Daily News click here.

Harvard applicants' information will be released to court in affirmative action case

Harvard is releasing years of applicants’ private information to federal court for an affirmative action lawsuit.
Harvard sent out an email to all individuals who applied between the fall of 2009 and the spring of 2015, informing them that their application information may be used in a lawsuit that the university is currently facing.
Harvard is being sued in federal court for its undergraduate admissions practices inStudents for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College (Harvard Corporation). Students for Fair Admissions, described by The Harvard Crimson as an “anti-affirmative action group,” is suing the university for allegedly discriminating against Asian American applicants.
To read more from the The Daily Pennsylvanian click here.

Affirmative action meets the era of pluralism

With the ethical appeal to create an equal and just world and a more cohesive society, affirmative action has been going on for many years around the world. Such measures go by various names depending on the context and perceived acceptability. In China, the term preferential policy is more popular. For years, affirmative action has attained its goals to varying degrees in different countries even though debates around such policies are never silenced. Nowadays this practice is experiencing ever-increasing opposition everywhere. The reaction to the cut of college admission quotas to national key universities in Jiangsu and Hubei Provinces several months ago is a recent example. With the rise of social assertiveness in China, it could be expected that affirmative action will surely encounter increasing challenges in the future. 

Why are the previously acclaimed affirmative policies becoming less desirable or even dubious now? The greatly changed context for policy development and implementation in light of governance is revealing. The current context is that a pluralistic society is already present and neoliberalism has been in fashion. As a result, multi-stakeholder involvement in both the development and the implementation of public policy has increasingly become a common scenario and more diversified interests have been brought into policy processes. Besides, because group preference inherent in affirmative action most probably contradicts individual preference intrinsic to neoliberalism in many ways, the conflicts between group-based preference and individual-based preference will bring new challenges in diversity governance. Such is the case around the world. 

Read more from the Global Times here.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

How The Browning Of America Is Upending Both Political Parties

As part of an election-year project called A Nation Engaged, NPR has been asking people this presidential election year what it means to be an American.
The country is changing — it's getting browner, as population growth slows among whites. Non-whites now make up a majority of kindergartners; by the next presidential election, the Census Bureau predicts they will be a majority of all children; and by 2044, no one racial group will be a majority of the country.

Read more here.

University Of Maryland Passes Title IX Costs On To Students

Students at the University of Maryland are facing an additional fee after the Title IX director complained that the school was failing to adequately fund services to combat sexual assault as mandated by the Obama administration.

Read more here.

U.S. Department of Education Announces Actions to Address Religious Discrimination

In July, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced several actions intended to address religious discrimination and promote inclusive school environments. Announcing the new steps, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Llhamon said, "Students of all religions should feel safe, welcome and valued in our nation's schools. We will continue to work with schools and communities to stop discrimination and harassment so that all students have an equal opportunity to participate in school no matter who they are, where they come from or which faith, if any, they subscribe to."

Read more here.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Penn’s Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs will host a discussion on Wednesday, October 19, from noon to 1 p.m. in the second floor conference room of the Penn Bookstore. This event, in celebration of  National Disability Employment Awareness Month, is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended:

Read more here.

Affirmative action: More to it than race

During the second Princeton Preview for the Class of 2020, the debate team argued whether affirmative action should be based on race or socioeconomic class.  The answer is more nuanced than any one-sided view. The best way to structure affirmative action in college admissions is to consider two things in tandem: ZIP code and race.

Read more here.

Tech companies like TaskRabbit are engaged in affirmative action, and that’s ok

Aiming to increase diversity and foster inclusion in the tech industry is not the same as affirmative action, TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot said on stage today at the Internet Association’s Virtuous Circle conference.
“I wouldn’t say it’s affirmative action but it’s a recognition,” Brown-Philpot said. “Our company should represent the population and we know we have to over-index in certain ways to get there. It’s a belief around being intentional, measuring and holding yourself accountable to real and specific results, and holding yourself accountable in a relatively short timeframe.”
Read more here.

National Jack Greenberg, civil rights lawyer who helped argue Brown v. Board, dies at 91

Many white people fought alongside African Americans in the civil rights movement. But few made as vital and enduring an impact as Jack Greenberg, a protege of and successor to Thurgood Marshall at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
Read more from the Washington Post here.

Print This Report: Minority Students Overrepresented in Less Selective Colleges

new analysis from the Center for American Progress shows black and Latino students are underrepresented in the country's most selective public research universities. As many as 193,000 black and Latino students would have enrolled in these selective colleges in 2014 if student representation was proportional, according to the report.

Read more here.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Tyson Foods to pay $1.6M to settle charges of systemic hiring discrimination with US Department of Labor.

To read more from the United States Department of Labor click here.