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Terry A. Venneberg Weekly Weekly

Topic of the Week

National Origin Discrimination

Whether an employee or job applicant's ancestry is Mexican, Russian, Filipino, Iranian, American Indian, or any other nationality, individuals are entitled to equal access to employment opportunities. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it ill

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Blog of the Week

Labor's civil war over 'Medicare for All' threatens its 2020 clout

In union-heavy primary states like California, New York, and Michigan, the fight over single-payer health care is fracturing organized labor.

Thought for the Week

"English-only workplace policies can be discriminatory and foster a hostile environment when implemented with the intent to silence foreign languages in the workplace or manufacture a reason to discipline persons who are not native English speakers. The EEOC identifies discrimination related to English-only laws as one of several ways that employees can suffer illegal discrimination or harassment based on national origin."

–Immigrants’ Employment Rights under Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws,

List of the Week

from EEOC Enforcement and Litigation Report

Enforcement and Litigation Report

  • Age and sex discrimination charges fell by 1,338 and 1,123 charges, respectively—since last fiscal year. 
  • Charges pertaining to sexual harassment allegations dipped, payouts in this area swelled from $56.6 million in FY2018 to $68.2 million in FY2019.
  • EEOC recoveries fell 4 percent overall, from $505 million in FY2018 to $486 million in FY2019.

Top Five News Headlines

  1. Employers can’t forbid romance in the workplace – but they can protect workers
  2. Target Faces Labor Organizing Effort at New Jersey Warehouse
  3. Google faces a new investigation into whether it discriminated against a pregnant employee
  4. Express Mart to Pay $25,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination
  5. The economy is roaring. So why are more workers striking?