How to avoid hiring managers with ‘anti-merit’ backgrounds
The U.S. Labor Department has issued guidance that makes it easier for companies to hire managers who might have been unfairly discriminated against because of their race or ethnicity.
The announcement came after months of criticism from labor advocates who say the policy undermines the rights of those with legitimate concerns about the hiring of managers.
The Labor Department’s Office of Civil Rights announced Wednesday that it is revising its definition of “anti-discrimination” to include “any action or failure to take that may lead to an adverse impact on a person’s job performance.”
The department defines “anti or hostile” as “any act or failure by an employer to meet the standard of conduct that would be required to discharge a person from employment.”
“These new definitions will apply to all of the nation’s public employment agencies, public and private employers, and private contractors,” the agency said in a statement.
“In addition, the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement will revise its existing definition of anti-discrimination to also include any action or lack of action by an employment agency or a private employer that may result in an adverse effect on a persons job performance, including discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, marital status, disability status, veteran status, or genetic information.”
The changes to the rule were based on the comments of U.K. human rights groups.
The UAW’s U.N. regional director, Alex Hodge, said in December that his organization would not be applying for new employment with a public agency, but that the new rule could impact other U.J. labor unions and the U.M.A. The new guidelines will also apply to contractors.
The new rules are a first for the Labor Department and the labor movement in general.
They will apply only to private firms, which is why companies with more than 1,000 workers in the U-Haul industry will be exempt.
The changes come as many labor activists have called for changes to how the UAW operates.
The union, founded in 1882, has faced widespread criticism for its handling of race relations and racial issues.
The company has since hired more than 400,000 U.L.W. workers and has earned billions of dollars in annual revenue.
The federal government awarded the UWA $2.6 billion in fiscal year 2018, according to its most recent annual report.