The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that an Atlanta jury has awarded a total of US$500,000 in damages to a woman who was recognised as the premier candidate for a position that had been vacated by her former supervisor, but was denied promotion because she was female.
The United Kingdom (UK) Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has made available Assistance dogs - A guide for all businesses (June 2013), which aims to explain to private business operators their legal duties to owners of guide dogs, hearing dogs or assistance dogs under the Equality Act 2010.
While figures released by the Society for Human Resource Management show that 15% of United States firms provide some form of paternal leave for their employees, a Boston College study of four Fortune 500 companies has indicated that new fathers face workplace and also broader social stigma for spending time with their children.
According to a University of Michigan researcher, an employee’s work environment plays a bigger role than previously thought on whether or not they will report unethical behavior. David Mayer, assistant professor of management and organizations, found that a person’s supervisor and co-workers play a major role in an employees’ decision to speak up about wrongdoing.
The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has unanimously held that terminating a woman's employment because she is lactating constitutes unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act 1964 (US) (as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act 1978 (US)).
A solicitor who became pregnant towards the end of her £42,000 per annum trainee contract with law firm Travers Smith has won her discrimination case against the firm after it failed to offer her a permanent position. According to solicitor Nigel Mackay, Katie Tantum's performance was such that she would have been offered a permanent position but for her pregnancy, reports The Telegraph.
Papa John's Pizza chairperson John Schnatter has released a social media statement (27 May 2013) apologising for "reprehensible language used by two former employees". According to Reuters, the apology follows an incident in which a delivery staff member unintentionally pocket dialed a customer whose voicemail captured a conversation between the staff member and his co-worker including racist terms and other offensive speech.
The New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has released Good Governance Practices Guideline for Managing Health and Safety Risks (May 2013). The guideline "gives practical advice to company directors on managing health and safety risk and influencing performance in this critical area in their organisations".
The United States (US) Department of Labor (DoL) has announced that the DoL wage and hour division (WHD) will collaborate with "the world's largest restaurant chain" Subway "to increase compliance with [US] federal labor laws at Subway locations nationwide".
UNI Global Union has announced that over 30 clothing and retail brands that source garments from Bangladesh have agreed to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (13 May 2013) (the Accord), which now covers over 1,000 Bangladeshi garment factories for a five-year period. The Accord commits its parties to "the goal of a safe and sustainable Bangladeshi [ready-made garment] industry in which no worker needs to fear fires, building collapses, or other accidents that could be prevented with reasonable health and safety measures".
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