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Archive for July 2021

Publix Supermarket Prevails in Age Bias Suit

In late June 2021, the U.S. Federal District Court in South Carolina handed down a decision granting summary judgment in a case brought against Publix Super Markets, Inc. by a former employee. The employee was terminated in January 2018, ostensibly for disobeying corporate policy to refrain from physical interaction with alleged shoplifters, but plaintiff argued…

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Discrimination on Religious Grounds

Religion is one of the protected classes under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, along with race/color, sex/gender, and national origin. This means that with very rare exceptions, discrimination against a person based on religion, real or perceived, is unlawful. An employer who is found to have engaged in discrimination on religious…

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Alleged Hiring Discrimination Creates Controversy At UNC-Chapel Hill

In early 2021, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offered a tenure-track position as the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of the 1619 Project. However, after an ‘outcry’ from conservative trustees and donors, the university reneged on its job offer, instead extending a 5-year…

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Employment Under Contract vs Employment At-Will

When a person is hired at a new company, they enter into one of two types of employment. Most workers are under what is known as at-will employment, which means they can be terminated at any time, for any reason. Employees under contract, however, have more protections against arbitrary termination. It can, however, be difficult…

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