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September 24, 2018
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Suit alleges Walmart bias against pregnant workers
Suit alleges Walmart bias against pregnant workers
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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued Walmart, alleging discrimination against pregnant employees at a distribution center in Wisconsin. The lawsuit accuses Walmart of forcing pregnant workers to take unpaid leave and not providing reasonable accommodations, both of which violate the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.
National Public Radio (9/21),  Reuters (9/21) 
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Former Oracle exec claims religious, racial harassment by HR
Imran Syed, a former executive at Oracle who is Muslim, has sued the company, alleging HR executive Jeffrey Eason repeatedly harassed him about his race, religion and immigrant status. The lawsuit accuses Eason of complaining about foreigners' takeover of US jobs and retaliating against Syed.
San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (9/22) 
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Study: Income rises in some parts of gig economy, falls in others
The trends in gig economy income are a mixed bag, a study by the JPMorgan Chase Institute found. People involved in what are essentially leasing startups, such as Airbnb, Turo and Parklee, brought in an average of 69% more in 2017 than in 2013, while drivers for transportation services, such as Uber and Lyft, earned 53% less.
Recode (9/24) 
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Mark Cuban: A lesson on the dangers of absentee leadership
Mark Cuban: A lesson on the dangers of absentee leadership
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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban admits he didn't spend enough time monitoring the business offices and put too much trust in the team's former CEO, who committed assaults and created an office environment where sexual harassment and other inappropriate behaviors were tolerated. "There's no way to downplay it, and if someone showed me this from another company and asked me to read it, I would say you can't make a bigger mistake, because that destroys the whole culture of your organization," Cuban says.
ESPN (9/19) 
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