Economic Inequality

Fighting harassment on the job

 photo LaRay-Reed1_zpsj7auqzrr.jpgLa'Ray Reed began working at McDonald's in Redford, Michigan in April, 2015. She is now suing her former employer.

The transgender woman says her managers called her names like “boy-slash-she,” groped her genitals, required her to use a broom closet as a bathroom and asked her inappropriate questions about her sexual orientation and preferences on a regular basis.

She was not allowed to use wither the men's room or the women's room.

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Federal court judge refuses to dismiss discrimination case

US District Court Judge Joseph McKinley dismissed a motion by Chinese company Qindao Haier, Co., owner of GE Appliances, in the case of Mykel Mickens, who claims he was the victim of discrimination at GE Appliances in Louisville.

“[W]hat is clear is that the plaintiff’s complaint sufficiently alleges facts to support discrimination or disparate treatment claims based upon race and gender nonconformity or sex stereotyping.

--McKInley

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Louisiana Trans man wins discrimination case

Tristan Broussard was hired as a management trainee for Tower Loan in Lake Charles, Louisiana in February of 2013. He was required at the time to submit his driver's license, which listed the transgender man as female.

According to lawsuit documents, a supervisor asked about the license, and Broussard responded that he was a transgender man. Broussard was then asked on March 11, 2013, to sign a statement agreeing to dress, act and be treated like a woman to continue his employment.

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Two Trump Economic Trajectories

I don't have a crystal ball. I did not know, for example, that Donald Trump would be elected President, despite coming 2nd in the popular vote.

But the Macroeconomy in the short and medium term is not very complicated. It's unpredictable to be sure, but the reasons that it is unpredictable are themselves reasonably straightforward and uncomplicated. The Macroeconomy is the sum total impact of hundreds of substantially relevant decisions made by millions of people, and sometimes we can't predict what millions of people are going to do in hundreds of different, important, ways.

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Employing transgender people

Among other events late August saw the convening of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of commerce in Palm Springs, CA. Among the presentations was a 75-minute discussion about transgender inclusivity in the workplace. Conducted by Beck Bailey of the Human Rights Campaign and Chris Crespo of Ernst & Young, the discussion outlined best practices for companies and coworkers in order to foster an inclusive environment.

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Donald Trump and the Law of Unintended Consequences

It is going to be tempting to many on the left side of politics in the United States to see the Clinton / Trump contest as a put-up, a conspiracy to get a weak candidate of the Corporate Party elected based on how incredibly ... yes, seemingly implausibly bad ... the other candidate from the other Corporate Party seems to be.

But I don't see it that way. To me, this is the Law of Unintended Consequences of craven political games hitting us big time.

What I mean by that, under the fold.

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