Recommended Reading

by Race in the Workplace special correspondent Erica

RACIAL INEQUALITY IN THE E.U.: Facts are essential - The National Law Journal
It’s the “European Year of Equal Opportunities for All.” The E.U. Equality Ministers want to kick off this effort to combat discrimination by collecting lots of data. The French are not pleased because they have a national “color-blind” policy of not collecting such data. Workplace Prof Blog sums it up: “[Author David Oppenheimer] argues that collecting facts and data about ethnic groups is essential to overcoming the myth that we live in a color-blind world. David concludes that, ‘Measuring the extent of racial inequality hasn’t eliminated the problem in the United States, nor will it in Europe. But it does make it harder to ignore.’”

Pre-employment Testing: Between a Rock and a Very Hard Place - Workers Comp Insider
A Los Angeles Fire Department employee was recently awarded $3.75 million in damages because the LAFD ordered him to fudge the screening process and favor women in pre-employment screening activities in order to increase the number of women fire fighters. “[W]hatever tools and standards employers use to screen applicants, they must strive for transparency. Establish reasonable criteria and apply them uniformly. If the criteria have a disproportionate impact on one segment of applicants, re-examine the criteria carefully.”

A Way to Keep Domestic Partner Benefits - Inside Higher Ed
“Michigan’s public colleges and universities were barred by a state appeals court in February from offering health and other benefits to the same-sex domestic partners of employees. So Michigan State University is trying another tack: extending benefits to people it labels ‘other eligible individuals.’” Nice to see a large employer take swift action on behalf of its employees. (via Workplace Blog)

Legislation Expected to Overturn Ledbetter Ruling - OFCCP Blog
You’ll recall that the Supreme Court’s Ledbetter decision was regarding a pay discrimination lawsuit. Numerous senators and representatvies have expressed intent to propose legislation that will specify that every paycheck received at a pay rate deemed to be the result of discrimination is a repeat instance of discrimination. Way to treat the symptoms and not the problem! And with unnecessary legislation, no less! Whether the paycheck itself is an act of discrimination is not the issue. My beef is still with the 180 day limit an employee has in which to make their case.

Recommended Reading is a weekly feature where we link to some of our favorite workplace-related blog posts and articles. If you would like to suggest a link to Erica, please email tips@raceintheworkplace.com