Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan filed an amicus brief filed with the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, arguing that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The brief was led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and signed by Donovan and Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen. This week marks the second anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which recognizes the constitutional rights for same sex couples to marry. The Attorneys General argue that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex stereotyping and wrongly penalizes LGBTQ employees for conduct that would be considered “acceptable” if they were of the opposite sex – thereby constituting disparate treatment on the basis of sex.“No employee should fear retribution because of their sexual orientation. I am committed to fighting discrimination, protecting the rights of all people and recognizing that love is love.” Attorney General Donovan said.The case, Zarda v. Altitude Express, involves a former sky diving instructor who alleged that he was fired after disclosing his sexual orientation to a customer. The Attorneys General filed their amicus brief with the Second Circuit, which recently granted a petition for rehearing en banc.“Sexual-orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII,” the Attorneys General argue. “That statute strikes broadly at all forms of disparate treatment based on an employee’s sex, including punishing an employee’s failure to conform to sex stereotypes. Yet sexual-orientation discrimination does just that: it penalizes employees for failing to conform to sex stereothttp://vermontbiz.comypes, namely, that men should seek and form intimate relationships only with women, and women only with men. That these stereotypes address intimate behavior—as opposed to other conduct subject to received notions of how men and women ought to behave—does not remove them from the broader category of sex stereotypes that employers may not impose without violating Title VII.”The Attorneys General argue that recognizing that Title VII includes discrimination based on sexual orientation will help protect vulnerable employees and aid the States’ efforts to fight invidious discrimination and its harms. VBM vermontbiz.comClick here to read the full amicus brief(link is external).Source: Vermont AG. June 27, 2017
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Nicholas BallasyAnnual net income at credit unions declined 3.8% in 2013 to $8.14 billion from the previous year, according to the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s annual report released Wednesday.“A key concern for the industry is ongoing challenges related to the low interest rate environment and the eventual transition process to a higher rate environment, potentially with a flatter yield curve,” the report said. continue reading »
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Marc Jones and Francesco Canepa, ReutersFederal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell said Friday that he wanted to see signs that the U.S. economy was tightening up before interest rates could be raised. While acknowledging that employment in the United States had rebounded, Powell highlighted “significant” slack, referring to unemployed or underutilized workers.The Fed hopes to end its stimulus program for the U.S. economy by the end of the year, clearing the way for it to eventually raise interest rates. “I’m looking for some sign the economy is getting tight before we can start thinking about raising rates,” Powell said at an event in London.Powell added there was a “significant amount of slack in the labor market” in the United States at present.In brief prepared remarks, Powell said the Fed’s evolving statements about the future path for rates have played an important role in shaping market expectations about U.S. monetary policy.With the overnight federal funds rate stuck near zero for years, he said the management of expectations has been important in allowing investors to buy and sell bonds with confidence that rates wouldn’t unexpectedly increase. continue reading »
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NANAIMO, B.C. – The Research and Development department at VMAC has announced the addition of two new engineers: Osama Jilani, an engineering physics graduate from the University of British Columbia (UBC), and Rob Pletcher, who graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from UBC. VMAC is a manufacturer of compact air compressor systems for the mobile-mechanic, tire service, utilities and construction industries. Specializing in underhood and hydraulic above-deck systems, VMAC has developed some of the lightest and most compact mobile air compressors available in the industry. Jilani has joined the team as a junior electrical engineer. With a background in power systems (power transmission) and power electronics, he also brings experience from working in large and small organizations in the software-development and alternative electric-vehicle industries. Jilani works with VMAC’s expert engineering team to focus on product confirmations and designs for a new external diesel-driven system and VMAC’s vehicle-mounted underhood compressors. Pletcher studied at the UBC-Okanagan Campus and, with a very mechanical background, has a wide range of experience working on equipment from Piston Bully Snow cats to transplanting a right hand drive diesel engine into a left hand drive four-wheel drive vehicle. His previous experience included coordinating large environmental cleanups and general hazardous waste project management. He also worked with building demolition and soil remediation, and as a maintenance engineer directing multiple mechanics for accurate and efficient completion of heavy equipment repairs. Plecther will join VMAC’s world-class engineering team with a focus on new product development and innovation. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
Rihanna Rihanna says she’s thrilled to have had a decade-long career in music and she plans on celebrating the feat at some point this year.“Definitely a very big deal for me. You know, I can’t believe it’s 10 years already, but we definitely have to celebrate this year,” the singer said during an interview Monday. “There are a few things I have in mind, so you’ll have wait on that, but don’t think I’m forgetting because this means a lot to me that I made it to 10 years.”Rihanna released her debut album, “Music of the Sun,” in 2005. The 27-year-old has released seven albums, launched multiple Top 10 hits and won eight Grammy Awards.This year she’s dropped three singles, including the Top 5 hit “FourFiveSeconds,” and says she’s busy working on her eighth album.
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