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OFFCP - Census Burea is planning to release new workforce data by ethnicity, race, and gender at the end of November. EEO 2006-2010 ACS (American Community Survey) Tabulation File. Contractors use the data to determine the availability of minorities for job openings, and the OFFCP uses that data to determine availability of minorites for job openings, and the OFFCP uses the data to see if a contractor's availability determination is reasonable.
Equal Opportunity Unequal Interest? November 15, 2012 article on Title IX
Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action v. Regents of University of Michigan, Case Nos. 08-1387-1534, November 15, 2012.
The decision strikes down a voter referendum banning the use of affirmative action by public colleges in Michigan. See Court Strikes Down Michigan's Ban on Race Conscious College Admissions November 15, 2012 article.
EEO Roundup: GINA Cases in the Forecast? November 2, 2012
The question before the Supreme court is whether "this Court's decisions interpreting the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Admendment, including Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306 (2003), permit the University of Texas at Austin's use of race in undergraduate admissions decisions."
Velzen et. al. v. Grand Vally State University, October 10, 2012
Can a student bring a guinea pig to dorm room as emotional support animal to accomodate for depression and heart condition under Fair Housing Act and Rehabilitation Act ?
Macy v. Holder, Appeal No. 0120120821, EEOC , April 20th, 2012.
EEOC agency decision ruling – for the first time – that employment discrimination against transgender individuals is a form of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.This ruling applies to all employers subject to Title VII on the federal level. Plaintiff applied to BATF as a man, and was offered a job, which was rescinded when she told agency she was in process of becoming a woman.
Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, No. 10-553, Decided Jan. 11, 2012, U.S. Supreme Court
In a unanimous decision, the S. Ct.reaffirmed the application of the ministerial exception under Title VII. In this case, the Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church (Church) hired a subsitute teacher to replace a commissioned minister teacher (Cheryl Perich) who had been on half the year with narcolepsy. When Perich stated she was ready to return to the classroom, the principal advised they had contracted with another teacher and also expressed concern about Perich's readiness to return to the classroom. The congregation offered to pay part of her health insurance in exhange for her resignation. Perich instead filed a claim with the EEOC alleging disability discrimination. The EEOC brought suit against the Church alleging that Perich had been fired in retaliation for threatening to file and ADA lawsuit. The Church has a principle of internal dispute resolution and responded that the suit was barred by the First Amendment as this claim concerned an employment relationship between a religious institution and one of its ministers.