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February 2015 Archives

Retailer's 'look policy' scrutinized by U.S. Supreme Court

Abercrombie & Fitch is no stranger to navigating troubled waters over its notable "Look Policy" that dictates how its employees are expected to appear on the job. But it's never had to defend the position before the U.S. Supreme Court -- until now. The question those of us outside the halls of the high court are now left with is how will the justices rule?

Fewer age discrimination cases are being filed

Since the beginning of the Great Recession, the media has reported extensively on the issue of age discrimination within the American workforce. This increased media scrutiny has helped to educate the public about the illegal nature of age discrimination and the various ways it tends to manifest in hiring, promotion and termination. Thankfully, it seems that the number of reported cases of age discrimination is steadily decreasing.

Can employers mandate that workers be vaccinated?

In recent weeks, the American media has spent considerable time and resources discussing the issue of vaccination. Ever since a measles outbreak began at Disneyland, the media has debated the benefits and potential drawbacks of vaccination. In addition, a great deal of coverage has focused on individuals who opt not to vaccinate their children for a number of different reasons.

When women speak in the workplace

Earlier this year, the New York Times published a piece co-authored by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg about the different ways that men and women are generally treated when they speak up in the workplace. The piece opens with a story about the producer of television hit “The Shield.” When the producer noted that two young women writers were not contributing during story meetings, he encouraged them to do so. They knowingly replied that the producer should observe what happens when they do.

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