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It Doesn’t Take A Law Degree to Know That an Employer May Have Really Screwed Something Up

 

 

 

I can often draw upon my years of experience as an employment lawyer to predict from reading the first paragraph of a federal court opinion how the court is going to decide the discrimination claim before it.

Let’s see what you think. 

Here’s the first paragraph from a recent opinion from a Michigan federal court in which the plaintiff alleged race discrimination.

[The plaintiff]—formerly a nurse at [the defendant’s] Dearborn hospital—reported to her supervisor…that she overheard her patient tell someone on the phone, “I do not want

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#Nextchat: Allies in the Workplace

 

 

 

Some of the most well-intentioned workplace conversations don’t always turn out as planned. Statements made in an effort to be supportive or complimentary can end up being insulting and hurtful.  

A microaggression is a statement or action regarded as an occurrence of indirect, subtle or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group, including groups formed around gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, age and ability.

Microaggressions contribute to feelings of exclusion in and from...

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Learning to be a Better Ally

 

 

 

I like to think about myself as being a good ally. But I still have a lot to learn. I have relied on my own reality and experiences and made assumptions that other people's experience is similar. It's not. Not even a little.

As someone who was adopted, I have some insight into what it feels like to be 'other' and not belong. As a woman attorney, I have plenty of experience with gender bias and sexual...

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The Same but Different - Building a Truly Inclusive Culture for All

 

 

 

“Diversity is the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin and political beliefs.”

What about race? How do we break down the fundamental differences that are inherent in people of the same race? Africans are different, African-American’s are different. We don’t seem to understand that even amongst people who appear to look the same, we are different. We are not a monolithic group of people. We don’t all...

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Video Interviews: Employer Brand and the Candidate Experience

 

 

Video interviewing software has become an increasingly popular way for businesses to screen candidates. Now, companies from startup to Fortune 500 are using video interviews in their hiring process in order to streamline and expedite the hiring process,

While video interviewing is commonplace, many companies still get it wrong.  Specifically, many recruiting teams stumble when it comes to the employer branding and candidate experience implications of video interviews.

To get started, here are some of the pitfalls you should consider when you start using video interview software that can hurt the candidate...

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Intrepreneurship

 

 

As one who has dedicated the better part of his life to finding the Holy Grail of Employee Engagement, I am consistently in the trenches trying to find what works and what needs to change. This requires 4 a.m. conference calls with other regions of the world, speaking at and attending conferences of various disciplines and driving technical deployments that are massively complex in scale. Every day presents new challenges, every organization wants something different and no concept seems impossible to bring to reality.

The studies that promote global employee...

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Building a World-Class Workforce Skilled Up for Tomorrow

 

Today’s companies have a people shortage, exacerbated by a skills shortage. This is probably the most critical problem facing employers today, and we know it’s not going to get better.

The U.S workforce is shrinking due to decades of dropping birth rates and Baby Boomers entering retirement. To staff up, we can hire from untapped talent pools and poach talent from our competitors, but that will never be sufficient to fill the highly skilled jobs of today and tomorrow.

It’s...

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