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25 years after passage, Americans with Disabilities Act has improved the lives of millions

"Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down," declared President George H. W. Bush as he prepared to sign the legislation 25 years ago today.
Some veterans suffer with unseen wounds

At a recent weekly staff meeting, human resources manager Zetta Ferguson noticed that one of her employees wasn't sitting at the conference table.
Senators want feds to look into employers asking for Facebook passwords during job interviews

...York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said they are calling on the Department of Justice and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to launch investigations. The senators are sending letters to the heads of the agencies.The Associated...
Faith briefs

Greater Faith Ministries' women's conference, JOY, will be held today at the church, 179 Calhoun St., Barnwell, S.C.
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Employers must accommodate absences for religious reasons

For companies with more than 15 people, federal law requires employers to "reasonably accommodate" an employee's religious beliefs. Employers are exempt only if they can show the accommodation would cause an "undue hardship" on business.
Lawsuit claims workers' rights violated

AIKEN --- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a federal civil suit against the company that operates Fairfield Inn & Suites hotel in Aiken on Monday.
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Thomson company settles discrimination case

Stokes-Hodges Chevrolet Cadillac Buick Pontiac GMC in Thomson will pay $140,000 to settle a race discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency said Thursday.
Older men, women debate gray

CHICAGO - Gray hair seems like a silvery career asset to 56-year-old Dan Vnuk now that he's given up dyeing his, hoping to improve his job prospects.
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As boomers become seniors, ageism becomes hot topic

NEW YORK -- Greeting-card and novelty companies call them "Over the Hill" products: the 50th Birthday Coffin Gift Boxes featuring prune juice and anti-aging soap; the "Old Coot" and "Old Biddy" bobblehead dolls; the birthday cards mocking the mobility, intellect and sex drive of the no-longer-young.
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Most employers quiet about race

Despite reporting minority hiring practices to the federal government, most of the area's top employers are unwilling to discuss them publicly.
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