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Archives for September 2015

By The Numbers

Jon Allison

Jon Allison’s Monday Blog
A number of technology companies have released their Equal Employment Opportunity reports (EEO-1 reports) for 2014 and what they show is that there remains a diversity issue.  Twitter, Microsoft and Google employ zero African-American women in executive and management level positions.  Facebook, Intel and Amazon employ one African-American female each in such positions.  Executive and management level positions are held by white men 65% of the time, white females 14% of the time, Asian males 13% of the time, Asian females 3% of the time, Hispanic males 2% of the time, Hispanic females and African-American males 1% of the time, and African-American females less than 1% of the time.   The statistics for all employees aren’t much better for many companies.  Twitter, for example, employs 0% African-American females and 1% African-American males and Hispanic males and females.  It employs 25% Asian males and 8% Asian females.  The Tech industry is aware of the issue and there are efforts being made to diversify.  Find more details by following this link.

 

With respect to the wage gap between men and women in the U.S., the state you live in makes a significant difference.  Louisiana currently has the largest gap where women are earning 65 cents for every dollar earned by men.  In Utah it’s 67 cents and in Wyoming 69 cents.  The District of Columbia has the lowest pay gap at 10% followed by New York at 13% and Maryland at 15%.  There are some congressional districts within the states with the lowest pay gap that have closed the gap entirely.  Overall, still a lot of work to do here as well.  See the state rankings here.

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Painfully Shaven

Jon Allison

Jon Allison’s Monday Blog

The Atlanta Police Department has a policy that requires all officers to be clean shaven.  Some on the force say they should be allowed an accommodation because of a condition called Folliculitis which results in painful bumps that can get puss filled and bleed.  One officer has been off work without pay for months for not complying with the policy.  He is not allowed to return to work, including to a desk job, unless he shaves.  He questions why the Police Department won’t accommodate someone with a medical condition, particularly when a doctor has advised that he not shave.  A beard does not impact his ability to do his job.  Furthermore, he believes interacting with the public with a clean-cut beard is preferable to doing so with a bumpy, puss filled and/or bloody face.  The officer has retained an attorney and is seeking to return to work.  Follow this link for more on this story.

Sexual Harassment Against Both Females And Males Results In Large Settlement

VXI Global Solutions, which provides call center services for large companies, agreed to pay $600,000, hire an equal employment opportunity consultant, and provide training to employees among other terms, to resolve a lawsuit filed in 2014 alleging widespread sexual harassment and retaliation against both female and male employees.  According to the lawsuit, both female and male employees were subject to sexual harassment by at least 13 supervisors.  The females were
subjected to touching and groping, propositions for sex and sexual comments by male supervisors.  Male employees were likewise subjected to groping, lap dances and propositions for sex.  This went on for over 5 years.  Complaints about the harassment were ignored.  A number of those who complained were eventually terminated.  That prompted the filing of the lawsuit. Additional information can be found here.

 

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Listen to WLW at 12:05 p.m. Today – Randy Freking Talks About Chief Blackwell

Randy Freking

Tune into WLW today at 12:05 p.m. Willie Cunningham and Randy Freking will be discussing the abrupt termination of Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell.

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