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Court rules accidental discrimination is still discrimination

A California Court of Appeals' decision regarding a wrongful termination claim and disability discrimination has a warning for employers: Be cautious when you apply a termination policy to a newly disabled employee. You'd better be certain that you've done everything necessary to make reasonable accommodations for the disability and that you're not making an error in the application of your policy. If you do make an error, you -- not the employee -- will bear the financial consequences.

Is natural hair discrimination affecting your career?

African Americans have long suffered from racial disparities in the workplace -- not the least of which are dress codes and grooming expectations that were designed with non-blacks in mind. California (along with New York) was among the first states to take a stand against racially based hair discrimination, passing laws that specifically forbid it in schools, public buildings and employment actions.