• Discrimination - Legal Issues


  • U.S. Labor Department Releases Final LGBT Rule

     
    A new rule prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity was announced by the U.S. Department of Labor on December 3.
     

    Legal Issues: Diversity Recruiting

     
    Equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination are an important part of the recruiting and hiring process. Career services practitioners and university relations and recruiting professionals should be aware of recent legislative changes to established laws.
     

    Legal Issues: Job Postings

     
    Before posting job descriptions and opportunities, career services staff should be aware that there could be legal problems lurking in some of the job requirements. To avoid those problems, all postings should be reviewed thoroughly.
     

    Executive Order Extends Protections to LGBT Workers

     
    On July 21, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
     

    Court Upholds University’s Use of Affirmative Action in Admissions Policies

     
    Noting that the University of Texas at Austin’s use of affirmative action is “narrowly tailored” and there are no other practical ways to increase diversity, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled, 2-1, that the university can continue using affirmative action in its admission practices.
     

    New Law Protects Interns in New York City From Discrimination

     
    A bill protecting interns in New York City from sexual harassment and workplace discrimination was signed into law by the city’s mayor in mid-April.
     

    New Rules for Hiring Veterans, Disabled Workers Go Into Effect

     
    The VEVRAA rule provides contractors with a quantifiable metric to measure their success in recruiting and employing veterans. The Section 503 rule introduces a hiring goal for federal contractors and subcontractors that 7 percent of each job group in their work force be qualified individuals with disabilities.
     

    OMB Approves Revised Self-Identification of Disability Form

     
    The Office of Management and Budget approved the voluntary self-identification form required by the final rule of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which covers individuals with disabilities.
     

    Legal Issues: Senate Passes Employment Nondiscrimination Act

     
    Federal law bars employers from discriminating against candidates or employees on the basis of their race, sex, or national origin. However, the law does not prohibit employers from firing or refusing to hire workers because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
     

    Legal Issues: OFCCP Releases Updated Veterans and Disability Regulations

     

    The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has released updated regulations on the employment of veterans and individuals with disabilities under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act.


     

    Legal Issues: Supreme Court Says Affirmative Action Case Needs Stricter Scrutiny

     

    On June 24, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court sent a Texas case on race-based college admissions back to a lower federal court for deeper scrutiny. The decision said a college’s affirmative action plan is constitutional only if it is the only way to achieve diversity on campus.


     

    NYC Bans Discrimination Against Unemployed Candidates

     

    The New York City Council voted to override a mayoral veto of legislation amending the city’s administrative code to prohibit employers from making employment decisions based on a job applicant’s unemployment status.


     

    Legal Issues: Transgender Issues in Employment

     
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a decision holding that discrimination based on gender identity, change of sex, and/or transgender status is cognizable under Title VII as “discrimination on the basis of sex.
     

    Disclosure of a Disability in a Job Interview

     
    Even after 20 years of antidiscrimination laws and the low cost of reasonable accommodations, in the United States, qualified applicants with disabilities have lower rates of employment than the general population. This discrimination exists throughout all levels of income and education.
     

Discrimination - Legal Issues