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April 2018 Archives

Workers with disabilities face many challenges

People with disabilities can find it extremely difficult to find work in Pennsylvania and around the country, and those who are able to secure a job are often treated unfairly and earn about $1,000 less per month than workers without disabilities. The unemployment rate among working-age people with disabilities is a worryingly high 70 percent, and claims of disability-related workplace bias reached an all-time high of 28,073 in 2016, according to figures from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Automated systems could improve reporting of sexual harassment

When Pennsylvanians experience sexual harassment in the workplace, they often hesitate to report their problems. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 75 percent of sexual harassment incidents go unreported. To improve this situation, a handful of researchers and technology developers have begun to experiment with web-based platforms that could make it easier for victims to report problems.

Report: IBM job cuts may be related to age discrimination

Many older employees in Pennsylvania and across the country may be concerned about the potential impact of age discrimination on their job search. These concerns may be well-founded in many cases. In a report published by Mother Jones and ProPublica in March 2018, journalists revealed that employees aged 40 and up at IBM had been subject to firings, layoffs and rushed retirement according to leaked documents and personal employee testimony. The report said that 60 percent of IBM job cuts in the U.S. over the past five years involved workers aged 40 and up.

Target offers settlement in discrimination case

Some Latino or black Pennsylvania residents who were denied jobs with Target since May 11, 2006, after a background check turned up a criminal conviction might be eligible for a payout or to apply for a job with the retailer with priority consideration. This was the settlement Target agreed to after a class action lawsuit was filed against the company on April 5. Target made the settlement offer, which must be approved by the court, on the same day.