Has Title VII Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Outlived Its Usefulness? Really?

William Wiggins Diversity, EEO, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Law, Engagement and Satisfaction 6 Comments

I was delivering EEOC training when the next slide was Protected Classes. I noticed some quizzical looks and furrowed brows in the audience so I gave a broad definition of Protected Class, and went on to define Title VII of the Civil Rights Act; only the most important federal statute banning discrimination in the workplace.  I went on to explain that …

Discrimination, A Hairy Situation.

William Wiggins Diversity, Dress Code, EEO, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Employment Law, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, Good HR, HR, Policies

Last month the New York City Commission On Human Rights banned discrimination based on hair. My elation that society had chipped away another chunk of the granite mountain that is discrimination immediately turned to shame, as I was left wondering why such a law was necessary in the year 2019 in the first place. This took me back to a …

Workplace Bullying, the New Normal?

William Wiggins Culture, EEO, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Harassment, HR, Personal Conduct Policy, Policies, Retention, Risks, wellness, Women in the Workplace

At age thirteen I was led to an epiphany. The year was 1976, and this is my story – – I was an eighth grader, rocking a pair of light blue converse all-stars, the perfect afro, and living large at Canterbury Jr. High School.  That was the year of my (to this day) most infamous encounter with Clifford, a classmate and neighbor, who by that time …

“Do you like essential oils?” Is NOT a Legitimate Interview Question!

William Wiggins candidate experience, EEO, Employment Law, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, Learning, Policies, Recruiting, Risks, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, Working With Recruiters

After being twenty minutes late for our long-awaited connection, she opened the conversation with: “About me, prior to coming here, I worked at a day spa.” “Do you like essential oils?” “I feel like we’ve met before?” “Oh, November is your birthday? That’s Sagittarius, I’m a stereotypical Capricorn.” “Do you have any pets or young children? Good, because we work …

Did I Hear Someone Say EEO?

William Wiggins EEO, Employment Law, Harassment, HR, Leadership, Managing People, Personal Conduct Policy, Policies, Race, Risks, Sexual Harassment, The HR Profession, Women in the Workplace

I exited the elevator, right into… “Oh, there you are. Do you have some time later today? I’m totally unsupported. This is a hostile work environment I need to take a medical because of this place…I’m still waiting on my manager to get back to me on that. I’m a Jewish female over 40 with a disability, and I’m being …

The 5 Worst Types of CEO to Work For

Sarah Brennan Corporate Social Responsibility, Current Affairs, Diversity, EEO, Lawsuits, Leadership

I’d love to say that I have had the luxury of only working with great CEO’s in my career, but that would be a lie.   I often see the worst of companies, being brought in when things are broken – a company isn’t growing as investors want, sales are flat, technology out of date, clients are unhappy and hiring …

Wonder “WHOA Man”

Kathy Rapp Current Affairs, Diversity, EEO, Employment Law, HR, HR & Marketing, in the news, Kathy Rapp, Lawsuits, politics, Pop Culture, Women, Women in the Workplace

More than anything, I wanted a Barbie when I was little.  Santa thankfully came through the year I was 5 and I still have that very special Barbie 20 years later (ok – that was a lie, it’s more like 30). Or 40. Let’s just say it was a loooong time ago. My daughter has now inherited my Barbie collection …

On Privilege

Laurie Ruettimann Diversity, EEO, Laurie Ruettimann

I just read a great book called Bad Feminist: Essays. Written by Roxane Gay—writer, blogger, professor, feminist—she explores all sorts of funny and interesting stuff from feminism to dating to competitive Scrabble tournaments. I loved the book, and I especially loved the chapter on privilege. Privilege is something that rears its ugly head in the world of HR blogging. Some …

3 Things HR Looks For In An Employee

Tim Sackett 60-Second SPHR, Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Candidate Pool, Culture, Diversity, EEO, Employment Law, Good HR, Hiring Bias, Interviewing, Profiles, Recruiting, Talent Strategy, Tim Sackett

Have you guys seen all of the selection tools that are out nowadays? It’s crazy.  You can select employees based on almost any personality trait, level of intelligence or emotional intelligence, physical ability, etc. Basically, you decide what you want, and someone, somewhere has already developed that tool.  It’s a great time to be in HR and Talent Acquisition! Here’s …

Condi Rice…Breaking Another Glass Ceiling That Shouldn’t Exist

Jason Pankow Current Affairs, Diversity, EEO, HR & Sports, Jason Pankow, politics

Before I begin my rant this morning, I should print a disclaimer.  My alma mater does not have a football team.  We have an awesome basketball team that seems to love being eliminated in the 2nd round of the tournament (I’m not bitter), but we don’t have football.  My stance on college football is that I will root for the team …