The Equality Act of 2019 would amend existing civil rights law to explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics. The legislation also amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination in public spaces and services and federally funded programs on the basis of sex.
Read an overview from CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard of some labor and employment law cases with implications for the higher ed workplace. In this edition: retaliatory discharge, First Amendment rights, student vs. employee under the FLSA, and more.
The bill, which was first introduced in Congress in 1997 and most recently on January 30, aims to close the gender pay gap by amending the Equal Pay Act. Specifically, the PFA would ban inquiries into job candidates’ wage history, limit defenses against claims of unequal pay, allow employees to inquire about and discuss wages without retaliation, enhance penalties for Equal Pay Act violations, and direct pay data collection and analyses.
At the University of Kansas, many students and university employees climb hundreds of steps up a 400-foot incline, dubbed “The Hill,” to get to class or work. For those with mobility issues, however, this incline presents a challenging navigational puzzle. By partnering with several campus entities, the university’s ADA Resource Center for Equality and Accessibility created the Hawk Route, a three-quarter-mile wheelchair-accessible path leading through five campus buildings from the bottom of The Hill to the top.
Read the latest from CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard on some labor and employment law cases and regulatory actions with implications for the higher ed workplace.