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July 2020 Archives

Regulator: Insurers cannot discriminate against transgenders

In a move in tandem with the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision making it illegal for employers to discriminate against gay and transgender workers, Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Mark Afable declared that the same holds true when it comes to health care coverage in the state. Most people get their health insurance through their employers, so employers must understand this.

After 30 years, the ADA is still protecting disabled workers' rights

Few pieces of legislation are remembered decades after enactment. Along with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Clean Air Act of 1970 and 1965's Voting Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is remembered for changing the course of history.

Cognitive impairment may qualify you for long-term disability

Cognitive impairment disrupts the lives of many people in the U.S. Their personal and professional lives may be changed forever, and challenges likely surface at every turn. A person who suffers from cognitive impairment has difficulty remembering, understanding, thinking, learning new things and making decisions.

Explainer: Emotional distress damages in employment discrimination cases

Both federal and Wisconsin law prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of race, disabilities, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation and national origin. A recent Forbes column by employment law attorney Eric Bachman stated that in these cases, "the most obvious form of damages is lost pay if the employee is forced to leave the company."

Former head of diversity accuses WeWork of racial discrimination

A few years ago, WeWork was one of the hottest names in commercial real estate, leasing co-working office space in dozens of major U.S. cities to start-ups, tech companies and others. Its bright arc of ascension came to a sudden stop about a year ago, however, when the company's business practices came under intense public and investor scrutiny after announcing its IPO.

Facebook accused of racial discrimination

With more than 2.6 billion active users, Facebook is easily the world's largest social media platform. The tech giant has had more than its share of controversies, however. The latest erupted a few days ago when a black Facebook employee filed a racial discrimination complaint against the social networking service.

Survey: LGBT workplace discrimination still common in Wisconsin

Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision that the federal sex discrimination protections in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act extend to gay and transgender employees. The court was clear that businesses cannot discriminate against those workers in matters such as hiring, firing, pay, promotions, training, scheduling and the like.

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