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Diversity promotion and affirmative action: employers must walk the line, P.2

Last time, we noted that employers should be cautious about adopting diversity promotion policies which could be characterized as affirmative action. While affirmative action certainly can be legal, such policies must be crafted and implemented to ensure they don’t create other legal problems.  

Diversity promotion and affirmative action: employers must walk the line, P.1

In our last post, we began looking at the situation faced by Airbnb regarding discrimination against its guests. As we noted last time, the company is on record as stating that its own failure to promote a culture of diversity may be part of why it has been slow to address bias against its guests. Promoting diversity within is somewhat of a challenge for technology companies, but Airbnb’s newly established efforts in this area are certainly a step in the right direction.

Airbnb faces potential legal issues for hosts’ racial bias against guests

Many of our readers have heard of the company Airbnb, which is an online marketplace allowing people to list and rent vacation homes. The San Franciscio-based company has recently been in the news regarding allegations of racial discrimination or bias against guests. The allegations were confirmed in a 90-day study conducted by a company advisor.

MN dentists grapple with issue of opioid prescription practices

Readers may be aware that opioid addiction is an important issue nowadays, one which frequently appears in the headlines as authorities attempt to grapple with the growing problem. The problem is one which deeply concerns not only law enforcement agencies, but also the medical profession.

FBI raises concern about background check process under Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

We have previously written on this blog about the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which will make it easier for physicians in states that sign onto the agreement to obtain licensure in member states. The compact, according to its supporters, will help expand the practice of telemedicine and help give patients in metropolitan areas that cross state lines more choices in selecting health care providers.

Former Fox News anchor wins significant settlement against network

Readers have probably heard by now about the legal troubles surrounding Fox News network regarding accusations of sexual harassment. Those accusations, directed against former network CEO Roger Ailes, have reportedly resulted in several settlements with female employees of the company, one of whom is former anchor Gretchen Carlson.                         

Latest news on Prince pain killer addiction another reminder of physician prescription practices

Minnesota readers have probably heard the recent news that numerous pills found at the singer’s Paisley Park home contained fentanyl, the same drug that caused his death. Prince’s death by opioid painkiller has drawn attention to the serious problem in the United States of opioid addiction. In the weeks after his death, attention was also drawn to the problem of overprescription of painkillers.

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