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Federal Court of Appeals Determines Smaller Job Actions May be Discrimination Under Title VII

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it unlawful for employers to “refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise discriminate against any individual with respect to [their] compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment” (because of one’s membership in a protected class). The statutory language “otherwise discriminate against” is [...]

Global Conditions Heighten Human Trafficking Concerns

Many will be surprised to learn that an age-old problem has manifested as a new world concern—modern slavery, or human trafficking. For a variety of reasons, some 25 million people around the world are victims of human trafficking, mostly for labor or sex work. What’s more: It can occurs in any country. It can occur [...]

Why Should Your Company Celebrate Juneteenth?

Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States.  It was signed into law June 17, 2021, and it signifies the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas and the emancipation of African American slaves throughout the confederate south.  Juneteenth is now a federally recognized holiday.  Historically it has [...]

Google Settles Pay Equity Case for Massive Sum

On June 12, 2022, a group of over 15,500 women who work (or worked) for Google agreed to settle a class action pay equity lawsuit for $118M, according to a New York Times report. The lawsuit was filed in California in 2017, and claimed that women were locked into a fixed pay gap, creating a [...]

As More Employees Continue Reporting Compliance Violations Employers Must Continue to Refine their Hotline and Education Program

The United States Government has recently increased its focus on ensuring employees have adequate resources to raise concerns, both within the organization and externally. For years, employers have taken the minimum compliance approach of installing a confidential hotline. More recently, employers have begun to understand the value of empowering employees to speak up, and are [...]

EEOC Warns Employers that Using Artificial Intelligence In Employment Decisions May Lead to Charges of Discrimination

According to a May 2022 technical guidance communication published by the United States Equal Opportunity Commission, the use of algorithmic decision-making tools and other forms of Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) may violate discrimination laws, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). As software programs and other technology become more commonly used in hiring and employee screening [...]

Racist Comments Directed at Colorado Avalanche Player Leave Fans in Hot Water

Syntrio advocates civility, respect, and a positive workplace culture. We believe that employees are in the best position to succeed when they work in an environment that is inclusive and supportive. In order to achieve this goal, we educate employers and their workforce on the prevention of harassment and discrimination, as well as civility and [...]

Chicago Enacts Ordinance Modifying Sexual Harassment Policy and Training Requirements

Chicago has enacted a new sexual harassment prevention ordinance. This new law will increase obligations on employers of all sizes to provide one hour of sexual harassment prevention training and one additional hour of bystander training to all employees. Employers will need to provide two hours of sexual harassment prevention training to managers and supervisors [...]

USAA Whistleblower Report Leads to $225M in Combined Civil Penalties

A former compliance officer turned whistleblower accused United Services Auto Association Federal Savings Bank (“USAA Bank”) of “actively lying to regulators for years” about significant compliance violations, according to a May 6, 2022, Compliance Week report. The report notes the whistleblower stated the $225M in combined civil penalties levied against USAA Bank is “just the [...]

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Leadership….It Matters

The past week was filled with tragedy, from hate crimes charged with racism in Buffalo to other senseless acts of violence across the country. Following last weekend’s mass shootings and other hate crimes, organizational leadership must take a stand within the community to ensure we can minimize (if not eliminate) violence and eradicate racial bias. [...]

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