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  • Apple Sued for Gender Discrimination

    Last week, two current Apple employees filed a class action complaint on behalf of approximately 12,000 female employees in the engineering, marketing, and AppleCare divisions. The suit alleges that Apple’s pay policies violated California’s Equal Pay Act and Fair Employment and Housing Act by systematically paying women lower wages than male employees who perform substantially similar work. The plaintiffs are seeking back pay, interest, and damages.

  • Waze Co-founder Gives Employees 30 Days to Prove Right for the Job

    Waze's co-founder Uri Levine believes new hires should get 30 days to prove they are right for the job. If they cannot be successful within that period, Levine says employers should fire them. Levine made these comments in a recent episode of "Lenny's Podcast." According to Indeed, companies generally invest $4,000 to $20,000 when hiring a new employee. Levine said he spoke to the heads of failed startups. From those conversations, he learned about half of the CEOs from those failed startups believed not having the right team was the source of their failure. Levine said most of these founders knew they had the wrong employees within a month after starting. He asserts these CEOs did not make the right decision and fire those employees immediately.

  • AARP Sues Raytheon for Age Discrimination

    The AARP Foundation filed suit against Raytheon, a large U.S. defense contractor, alleging the company did not hire Mark Goldstein because of his age. Goldstein applied for many Raytheon positions beginning in 2019 and never received one interview. He has about 40 years of experience in project management, cybersecurity, tech, and other related areas. Goldstein stated he met all the job criteria for the positions, except he is not a recent college graduate and has more than two years of work experience.

  • CEOs Making Roughly 200 Times Their Workers’ Earnings

    The income gap between CEOs and employees continues to grow. According to The Associated Press and Equilar, S&P 500 companies paid the median CEO 196 times the median employee earnings in 2023. The ratio was 185 times in 2022. The average CEO pay rose to $16.3 million in 2023, a 12.6% increase, with the few women in those ranks receiving higher bumps on average. For context, the average CEO pay rose just 0.9% for 2022. CEO pay, tied to stock performance, is increasing much faster than for employees.

  • Harvard Shifts Away From Diversity Statements In Job Applications

    Harvard's largest undergraduate division announced it would no longer require a diversity statement for hiring. Instead, finalists for teaching positions must describe their "efforts to strengthen academic communities" and how they foster learning environments where students feel encouraged to ask questions and share ideas.

  • AI Employees Publicly Warn of Risks and Lack of Whistleblower Protection

    Thirteen current and former employees from OpenAI and Google DeepMind posted a public letter called "A Right to Warn About Advanced Artificial Intelligence." The writers note the enormous potential benefits of developing artificial intelligence while warning about the lack of proper safeguards and the potential for danger.

  • CBS Responds To Discrimination Lawsuit Regarding “Seal Team” Writers’ Room

    Script coordinator Brian Beneker for CBS's "Seal Team" show sued for race and sex discrimination. He claims CBS did not give him a staff writer position because of an "illegal policy of race and sex balancing" that supported hiring "less qualified applicants who were members of more preferred groups," such as women, racial minorities, and those who identify as LGBTQ+.

  • Older Americans with Student Debt Put Off Retirement

    New research from the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis looked at over 2.2 million people over 55 with outstanding student loans. Half of these borrowers were earning less than $54,600, making it tough to repay their loans. According to the researchers, these lower- and middle-income workers must make difficult decisions about whether to reduce their retirement savings or delay retirement to pay their student loans.

  • American Airlines Sued for Race Discrimination By Black Male Passengers

    Three Black men filed a lawsuit against American Airlines, alleging airline employees kicked them and five other Black men off a flight in January. According to the lawsuit, an airline employee directed the men off the plane one at a time without offering any explanation.