Tesla to Pay $137 Million in Hostile Work Environment Case

A federal jury in California recently awarded a record-breaking $137 million award against electric car maker, Tesla, on accounts that the company did not adequately address racially discriminatory conduct against a former contract employee who is Black.  According to the suit (Diaz v. Tesla Inc., 17-cv-06748, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco)),…
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What the Olympics Teach Us About Diversity, Inclusion and Bias

“Unity in Diversity”—one of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games’ three core themes. The unifying power of the Games, bringing athletes from around the world together to example the virtues of peace, solidarity, and excellence is indescribable. Still, Tokyo’s proclamation of “Unity in Diversity” falls flat in light of the many disparities that still plague participants…
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LGBTQ+ Developments: What Federal Contractors Need to Know

This month commemorates Pride Month. With a new administration firmly in place, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and other federal agencies have turned a new focus on LGBTQ+ workplace rights and equality. Here’s a rundown of recent developments. OFCCP commemorates Bostock decision OFCCP recently issued a statement commemorating the first anniversary of…
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EEOC Settles With JBS Swift Over Religious Discrimination Claims

Federal contractors take note of this case International meat processing giant JBS USA LLC, doing business as JBS Swift & Company, recently reached an agreement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to settle claims that it discriminated against Somalian, Black, and Muslim employees at its Greeley, Colorado plant.  The EEOC’s 2010 lawsuit against…
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Workplace Violence: How HR Professionals Can Prepare and Respond

Recent events underscore the rising number of active shooter incidents in the U.S. The Washington Post reports that one in four active shooter events occurs at a workplace. And according to the Bureau of Labor, acts of violence are the third-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries.  What can employers do to protect employees and clients…
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