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  • May 20 2017 - Racism, American style

    As someone who grew up in a small town in South Dakota, I confess a longstanding ignorance of the legitimate concerns and grievances of African Americans in the United States. I’ve never been racially profiled; no one has ever crossed … Continue reading

  • May 10 2017 - Donald Trump, the FBI and pretext

    President Donald Trump’s recent termination of FBI Director James Comey belongs in a textbook on employment discrimination. It shows the way employers can get into legal trouble when firing an employee. It is such a textbook example of a “bad … Continue reading

  • Mar 27 2017 - Ageism is all around us

    We cannot forget that ageism is the most socially condoned form of discrimination in the United States. This clip from SNL reminds us of some common ageist stereotypes. Carvey’s character is called “Grumpy Old Man.” Grumpiness would be the first … Continue reading

  • Jan 26 2017 - Mayor Bill Peduto shows courage and leadership

    One of the many reasons I strongly support Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is because of his political courage and willingness to do what is right.  I take the liberty of re-posting Mayor Peduto’s full Statement in Response to President Trump’s … Continue reading

  • Dec 15 2016 - Depression, PTSD & Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights

    If you are suffering from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or another mental health condition, you are protected against discrimination and harassment at work because of your condition, you have workplace privacy rights, and you may have a legal right to get reasonable accommodations that can help you … Continue reading

  • Dec 9 2016 - Lamberton elected President of Western Pennsylvania Employment Lawyers Association

    Charles A. Lamberton has been elected President of the Western Pennsylvania Employment Lawyers Association (“WPELA”). WPELA advances employee rights and serves lawyers in Western Pennsylvania who advocate for equality and justice in the workplace. WPELA is dedicated to promoting the interests of … Continue reading

  • Nov 6 2016 - Court finds sexual orientation discrimination is sex discrimination

    The Hon. Cathy Bissoon, District Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, has just held: “There is no more obvious form of sex stereotyping than making a determination that a person should conform to … Continue reading

  • Oct 3 2016 - Tips for your anti-discrimination policy

    The EEOC recently posted some tips for employers looking to develop an anti-discrimination policy. The EEOC advises employers to:

    State that discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, disability, age (40 … Continue reading

  • Aug 9 2016 - Sexual harassment by senior executives

    We have seen a significant increase in sexual harassment cases involving senior corporate executives. For those unfamiliar with the legal rules that apply in sexual harassment cases, employers are liable for sexual harassment by co-workers only if the employer was … Continue reading

  • Jun 14 2016 - Legal Rights for Pregnant Workers under Federal Law

    If you are pregnant, have been pregnant, or may become pregnant, and if your employer has 15 or more employees, you are protected against pregnancy-based discrimination and harassment at work under federal law. You may also have a legal right … Continue reading

_51368709_us464x320_2As someone who grew up in a small town in South Dakota, I confess a longstanding ignorance of the legitimate concerns and grievances of African Americans in the United States. I’ve never been racially profiled; no one has ever crossed the street to avoid walking by me on the sidewalk; I’ve never been called a nigger, and I’ve never had to contend with the reality that my Country for hundreds of years viewed me as less than human, unworthy of the most basic civil rights. But the more history I read, the more I recognize how profoundly racism has contaminated the American experiment. Slavery, the treatment of other people as non-human property, and the compulsory extraction of unpaid labor from such people, was brought to North America in the 1600s, where it took hold in colonies established by white Europeans who relied for money on the sale of tobacco among other crops. By the time of the Constitutional Convention, and even after the Articles of Confederation had proven so patently inadequate to the governance of the budding Nation, slave-holding States declared their opposition to any constitutional provision that limited or interfered with, or even had the prospect of limiting or interfering with, their ownership of slaves. But for a sinful compromise with representatives from these southern States, the Constitution would not have been ratified. Over time, as more and more people recognized slavery’s inherent incompatibility with the ideals of freedom and democracy described in the Constitution, southern states broke from the Union, precipitating a Civil War that claimed nearly 700,000 American lives. Although the Confederacy was defeated, deeply engrained racial animus against blacks persisted, giving rise to Jim Crow laws and the perpetuation of a malicious stigma against black Americans for no reason other than the color of their skin. In negotiations at the Versailles Conference following WWI, Woodrow Wilson rejected efforts by Japan to include a clause declaring all races equal, fearing political retaliation by Southern congressional leaders were he to agree. Even when blacks stepped forward to serve their Country in World War II, and routinely proved their valor in combat, they were forcibly segregated from whites and were rarely recognized for their contributions. Later, when LBJ passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 banning racial discrimination in employment, formerly southern Democrats were so incensed that they renounced their party affiliation and became Republicans.