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Cathy Harris_ Empowerment _ Motivational Speaker Cathy Harris 2010


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                                 Cathy Harris, CEO, President & Publisher
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                                           Tuesday, Sep. 7, 2010
                                                Atlanta, GA

Inside this issue:

                      Cathy Harris, Empowerment & Motivational Speaker
                      Author of “How To Take Control of Your Own Life”
                  Cathy Harris 2010 Empowerment Seminars and Workshops

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                                                                  TOP STORIES
   One Nation Working Together -
   Feds file another lawsuit against Arizona over requiring "green cards" for jobs
   Houston, We Have A HUGE Problem ! ! ! (BP America is headquartered in Houston, TX
   Farrakhan supports planned mosque near ground zero
   A Coalition of African American Muslims (CAAM) held this press conference, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at the
    National Press Club in Washington, DC.
   Man Who Falls 40 Stories from New York Sky Scraper Lives
   NAACP tracking Tea Party activities to monitor racism
   NAACP Announces Plan for October Rally
   4-year-old dials 911 to help save great-grandmother's life
   Nascar Turns to T.V. to Boost Minorities
   Mississippi governor tries to write Southern racism out of modern history
   Why Obama Is Subjected to Blackmails
   African-American exhibit is coming to Racing Hall of Fame
   King-Led Group in Control of SCLC -
   More SCLC Scandal: Lawsuit claims Trammell taped sexual encounters with employees

                                                       CRIMINAL JUSTICE NEWS

                                          Kevin Keith: An Innocent Man on Ohio's Death Row
                                                                    Send a Letter

   Cop Lets 11-Year-Old Girl With Asthma Die Over a Traffic Stop
   Judge Greg Mathis Details Prison and Post-Incarceration Programs
   City Manager: Facts Don’t Back Claims Against Chattahoochee Hills Chief Accused of Wrongdoing
   Woman rattled after man leaves racial slur on her windshield
   Swedish prosecutors reopen rape investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

   Department of Justice Sues Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for Refusing to Cooperate With Investigation
   Chicago gang members criticize 'gang summit'
   Detroit Struggles in Rise of Murders of Young Black Men
   Investigator: Arrest of Morehouse grads rekindles racism accusations
   Texas DA Fights Release Of Alleged Beating Video -
   Mumia Abu-Jamal : “I am an outlaw journalist”,38278.html

                                                              FINANCIAL NEWS
   Bill Aims for Diversity on Wall Street

                                                            ECONOMY NEWS
   The Root Jobs -
   Obama kicks off campaign with $50 billion jobs plan
   President Obama Mulls New Measures to Spark the Economy
   Jobless Rates Widens for Black Workers
   One million US public school students homeless -
   Why Cheaper Money Won't Mean More Jobs
   Economists Agree: Stimulus Created Nearly 3 Million Jobs
   July unemployment up in about half of US cities -
   Unemployment Affects Three Out Of Four Americans
   The 10 Highest-Paid CEOs Who Laid Off The Most Workers
   Sarah Anderson | FDR’s Labor Day Plea Resonates Today
   Fran Korten | 10 Ways to Solve the Jobs Problem -
   Les Leopold | Why the Big Lie About the Job Crisis? And the $10 Trillion Answer
   Jobless rate rises -
   The Great Jobs Depression Worsens, and the Choice Ahead Grows Starker

                                             EDUCATION & WORKPLACE NEWS
                   Workplace Discrimination/Lawsuits -
                  Career Links – (updated on Aug. 30, 2010)

                                               Educators: Black Boys Set Up to Fail

                    This is the Largest Female Sex Discrimination Lawsuit in the History of the U.S.
                                       Wal-mart Appeals Sex Discrimination Case

                                       Judge Oks Kodak’s Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

   Parents Push for Diversity in New Orleans’ Schools -
   NY ex-employee, 51, accuses 'Diddy' of age bias
   Educators Push Back Against Obama’s 'Business Model' For School Reforms

                                                          HOUSING NEWS

                                             The New Face of Housing Discrimination

   Banks Allow Local Groups to Buy Foreclosures -
   New Banking Overhaul More Like An Under-Haul -
   US Homeowners Flock to Florida Event in Desperate Bid to Save Properties
   Democrats unlikely to repeal tax cuts for the rich
   Lehman boss blames US for bank's collapse
   Bernanke: Shut down banks if they threaten system
   Miami-Dade personal bankruptcies rise 74% -

                                                         HEALTH CORNER

                      Dr Oz colon polyps raises question of "spontaneous disease" without cause

   Young Black Women At Increased Risk Of Self-Harm, Study Shows
   Feds Warn Residents Near Wyoming Gas Drilling Sites Not To Drink Their Water

   Blood Clot Risk From Stents Seen in African-Americans
   Allergen to Plead Guilty, Pay $600 Million for Botox Charges
   Do I Need to Give Up Red Meat?
   Do Your Cravings Mean Something?
   Brown Eggs or White Eggs? Grocery Store Myths Busted -
   75 Percent of Black and Hispanic Kids Deficient in Vitamin D
   Boost Your Metabolism Naturally -
   Health Fear Over Metals in Formula
   Inspections found recalled egg farms filthy, full of maggots and manure
   Health Risks Higher for Blacks Who Donate Kidney
   New Study Proves Organic Strawberries Have Better Taste and Nutrition Than Conventional
   Do School Lunches Plump Up Poor Kids?
   What Doctors Should Be Telling You About Nutrition

                                                            POLITICAL NEWS

          Nicole Paultre Bell, fiancee of police shooting victim Sean Bell, eyes run for Queens City Council

   Election 2010 surprise: rise of black Republicans
   All Politicians Are Crooks Regardless of Color; Ask Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson
   Lawmaker says mistakes used to distort her image
   Black Caucus Foundation chair denounces Eddie Bernice Johnson, 'self-dealing' in scholarships

    From When I stood up against the Department of Homeland Security, one of the main reasons I was successful is because I set up a legal defense fund.
    Learn how to start your own legal defense fund by reading “How To Take Control of Your Own Life: A Self-Help
    Guide to Moving Forward” at

                                       Congressman Maxine Waters Opens Legal Defense Fund

                               Embattled Rep. Charles Rangel's legal tab is $1.8 million and rising
                                                   New York Times Picks Rangel Rival

                                                    LEGISLATOR’S CHECKLIST
                                        DID YOUR LEGISLATORS PASS THE TEST?
                                   How Have Incumbents Voted on These Important Issues?
Juveniles: How do they feel when it comes to assisting and protecting the community’s youth? If they are not supportive of our youth,
then they are not worthy of being elected to any office. Our youth don’t always do the right thing, but we must continue to support them
by making sure they get the right type of resources and information so they can make better choices. Our youth are our future;
therefore, we must make sure they have one.
Elderly: How does the incumbent feel when it comes to assisting the elderly in the community? We have to take better care of our
elderly and ensure the elderly have proper access to housing, food, clothing, and especially medications. The elderly should not have to
choose between medication and food. If these incumbents are not actively engaged in assisting the elderly, then they are not worthy of
being elected into office.
Poor & Homeless: If incumbents are quick to run away from issues such as supplying the poor and homeless with the basic essentials
of life (food, clothing, and shelter), then they are not worthy of our vote.
Racial Profiling and Police Brutality: These are very sensitive subjects. Does the incumbent have a plan to stop racial profiling or
police brutality? If they do not have a plan to stop these types of illegal actions by police departments, then they are not worthy to be in
office. Are incumbents working with organizations and groups to educate the community on criminal justice issues? What are their
views on jails, prisons, and detention centers being more community controlled? Are they actively reaching into the prison system to
ensure that the incarcerated have access to adequate healthcare, rehabilitation, and education? Ask hard questions! If they aren’t
involved, they are not worthy of our votes.
The Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) system and the Right to Work States: If incumbents are afraid to stand up for
employees who challenge the EEO laws and the “Right to Work” laws, then they are not worthy to be in office. These elected officials
must conduct hearings and challenge these laws and the managers who created them. These laws are rendering people helpless and
putting them from “work to welfare” especially single women who are heads of households. We must connect the present conditions in
the community with “employment discrimination” and consider criminalizing discrimination because people end up homeless as a result.
Find out if the candidate or incumbent is beholden to a company or organization that has continued to contribute to the deterioration of
the community. If so, again, they are not worthy of being elected.
The above is an excerpt from “How To Take Control of Your Own Life: A Self-Help Guide to Moving Forward”
( by Cathy Harris. Order today at

                                                       ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

                T.I. and Tiny in Jail – Again -
                                      Rapper T.I. comeback could be derailed with arrest

             Emmys As White As Ever -
       True Blood Black Star – Rutina Wesley -
                        “227″ And “Sesame Street” Actress Alaina Reed Hall-Amini Dies
                                Laurence Fishburne's Daughter: I've Always Wanted to Be a Porn Star

    Jim Brown says he won't attend Ring of Honor ceremony: 'I do not need validation'
    Nev. regulators probing Jordan son's partying

                                                         INTERNATIONAL NEWS
    Further Victims Identified in DRC Mass Rapes Case -
    U.N. 1.3 million Haitians still live in camps months after quake
    Uganda ready to send 10,000 troops to Somalia: army
    Strikes in South Africa could have long-term economic consequences
    Opinion: Technology and people power can unlock Africa's potential
    S.Africa state workers reject offer, take to streets -
    Nigeria risks unrest over youth unemployment: study
    Floods in south Sudan leave nearly 60,000 homeless -
    Did the World Cup Wreck South Africa?
    Sierra Leone tourists to build their own eco-resort
    Some donated malaria drugs being stolen in Africa
    New cables tie West Africa closer to Internet
    Bank plans 100 million dollar scheme for African farmers
    Thousands attend swearing in of Rwanda's Kagame

                                                       WHISTLEBLOWER CORNER

                                                 Help Pass Whistleblower Laws!
Dear MISC Members,
Washington Post columnist Joe Davidson wrote the following piece last week on the status of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. It provides
an overview of the legislation, which is still pending in Congress, and the impressive demonstration of public support that it has received throughout the
years (thanks to your advocacy!!).
Enclosed is the most recent version of the Whistleblower Protection Act sign-on letter that is mentioned in the column. Please consider sharing this
organizational letter with your related networks to elicit additional support; after 10 years of sustained campaigning we can’t afford to ease up at this
juncture. Signatures can be sent to
Nod to national security advances whistleblower protection bill

                                                        GOVERNMENT CORNER
                Web site keeps track of informers and agents. Taking"No Snitching"to a whole new level!

    Defense Contractor Money Fueling Push to Militarize the US-Mexico Border
    Homeland Security Deploys Predator in Texas -
    Full-Body Scanners Installed at Lindbergh Field -

                                                           VETERANS CORNER
                                   Obama: 'Time to turn the page' as Iraq combat mission ends

Nearly 1.5 million Americans put their lives on the line. Many returned for multiple tours of duty, far from their loved ones who bore a heroic burden
of their own. And most painfully, more than 4,400 Americans have given their lives, fighting for people they never knew, for values that have defined
our people for more than two centuries.
What their country asked of them was not small. And what they sacrificed was not easy.
For that, each and every American owes them our heartfelt thanks.
Our promise to them -- to each woman or man who has donned our colors -- is that our country will serve them as faithfully as they have served us. We
have already made the largest increase in funding for veterans in decades. So long as I am President, I will do whatever it takes to fulfill that sacred
Tonight, we mark a milestone in our nation's history. Even at a time of great uncertainty for so many Americans, this day and our brave troops remind us
that our future is in our own hands and that our best days lie ahead.
Thank you,
President Barack Obama

    Antiwar Rally by Veterans for Peace Caps Convention
    Veterans For Peace: Obama's Re-branded Occupation Of Iraq
    A Trillion-Dollar Catastrophe. Yes, Iraq Was a Headline War
    Least We Forget
    Take No Prisoners - Another proud moment in U.S. Military History.
     This video should only be viewed by a mature audience
    Veterans’ group: CIA blocking lawsuit over experiments on troops
    Standing Up for Homeless Vets at 'Stand Downs'
    Thousands Strain Fort Hood Mental Health System

                                                                 BOOK CORNER
                          Every week we will highlight a book recommended by Angels Press for reading.
                         You can find these books at

                                                    The Living Foods Lifestyle
                                                               by Brenda Cobb
                                                              Check out Workshops

                                                             MORE TOP STORIES
                     Support Atlanta Free-Speech Radio WRFG go to and make donation
                                               International Action Center calendar: Sept. 4-8
The purpose of the IAC calendar is to let you know about upcoming progressive events, especially those which the International Action Center and our
allies are engaged in organizing and supporting.
But just a brief update on the struggle over continuing dialysis care for poor, immigrant residents of metro Atlanta. This is a struggle that began one year
ago when Grady Hospital announced the closing of its outpatient dialysis center. In the past few days, the cut-off of life-saving treatment on Aug. 31 has
been stopped as a result of community pressure. Dialysis providers - Emory, Fresenius and DaVita - are expected to reach an agreement with Grady
Hospital by next week for the future care of about 38 patients. The all-too critical details are not yet known but for now, all of them will continue receiving
Pressure was also exerted at the Fulton County Commission meeting on Wed., Sept. 1, to take a role in resolving the problems arising from the actions
of corporate-controlled Board of Directors of Grady Hospital and the tax-payer funding that is intended to provide healthcare for poor people.
The lives of these 38 people have been sustained by the actions of many of you on the calendar list. Please continue to be vigilant and supportive in the
coming days.
Tuesday, Sept. 7
noon-1pm, protest Foreclosure Auction, Fulton County Courthouse steps, 136 Pryor St. Thousands of families' homes are auctioned off every first
Tuesday of the month with speculators, developers and banks enriching themselves when people lose their jobs, suffer illness and are victims of criminal
lending practices. Bring signs and noise-makers. Don't be silent while our neighbors lose their homes! Sponsored by Take Back the Land.
Wednesday, Sept. 8
1:30pm, Grady Hospital Authority meeting, Grady Hospital, 80 Jesse Hill Jr. Dr SW. Board Room, 1-B Administrative Suite. This publicly-appointed entity
holds the ownership of Grady Hospital. The Grady Coalition will challenge the Authority members to uphold the mission of Grady to provide necessary
healthcare to the poor. Please bring your concerns and speak up.
                                  Emergency Arrangements for Grady Dialysis Patients Underway

                            Trial Attorney Willie Gary and team file $100 million discrimination lawsuit
Prominent trial attorney Willie Gary announced that he will spearhead the legal team in a $100 million discrimination lawsuit against one of Chicago's
well-known real estate companies, The Lowe Group Chicago, Inc. and Prudential Rubloff Properties. The lawsuit was filed at Chicago's Eastern Division
Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse (case #10C5382), on behalf of famed radio personality, George Willborn and his family for punitive
and compensatory damages. Gary and his law partner Michael Lewis and attorney Jason Williams of the Florida-based law firm of Gary, Williams,
Finney, Lewis, Watson and Sperando, P.L. have joined forces with Houston, Texas-based attorney, Charles H. Peckham in an effort to expose the
discriminatory actions that were taken by real estate agent Jeffrey Lowe, his company, and his clients, Daniel and Adrienne Sabbia, by refusing to sell to
or otherwise making unavailable to the Willborns a home, on the basis of their African American race. The lawsuit contends that radio personality
George Willborn and his family were victims of racial discrimination when they were refused the purchase of a Bridgeport -neighborhood residence
because of their race. ---Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina---

                            Here is an excerpt from The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
                                            on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina:
"We honor the memory of those whose lives were lost during and after Hurricane Katrina, and stand steadfastly beside those who continue their struggle
to reclaim and revitalize their communities." said John Payton, LDF President and Director-Counsel. "Though a half decade has passed, there is much
more to do to support restoration and renewal in the Gulf, even as the region faces new challenges." One thing is strikingly clear, structural barriers
persist which hamper the recovery for countless people throughout the Gulf Coast. Five years later, many remain displaced and face continuing
roadblocks to opportunity. Barriers in the areas of housing, educational and economic opportunity, criminal justice, and voting guarantee a much longer
struggle ahead for the people of the Gulf if fundamental changes are not made. LDF continues the fight in the federal courts to make Louisiana's Road
Home housing recovery program more equitable for the people of New Orleans, and to ensure a full recovery. More broadly, it is our duty as individuals
and as a nation not to grow tired in the face of the work that remains to be done, nor to lose sight of the government's unfulfilled commitments to the
people of the Gulf."

                                                            Youth 11-18 Aviation Experience
                                             Grandmothers Who Help, has some important information for you.
                                                  Sistaz N Motion & Yvonne Allen Wants You To Know
                          Southwest Airlines Co. presents The 3rd Continuing the Legacy in Aviation
Southwest Airlines invites youth (11 - 18 years old) to qualify for a hands-on-aviation experience at Southwest Airlines' headquarter building in Dallas,
TX on October 26-27, 2010. One youth finalist from each TAI, Inc. region and a parent/guardian will be provided airfare and hotel accommodations.

Student finalists and a parent/guardian will tour Dallas Love Field control tower; Frontiers of Flight Museum; Southwest Airlines headquarter facility
including the pilot training center, maintenance facility, reservation department; operate the Southwest Airlines' flight simulators; meet Tuskegee Airmen
and Southwest Airlines Leaders.
To qualify, please write a total of 500 words or less explaining the following...
Part I: Explain how the accomplishments of aviators past and present have significantly impacted the aviation industry in the 21st century. (250 words or
Part II: Explain your personal fascination with aviation. (250 words or less)
· Submissions must be typed in Microsoft Word listing the youth's name, age, address, and daytime telephone number
· Submit via email to:
· Late submissions will not be accepted.
 · Finalists will be announced by Friday, October 1, 2010 via the Regional TAI, Inc. Leaders and posted at
 Proud Supporters

                                          Racial divide shows up on Walmart book shelves
                                      U.S. store chain segregating titles by subjects' skin color
By Bob Dyer
Beacon Journal columnist
, Sep 02, 2010
At many area Walmarts, the book section is extremely well-organized.
The self-help books are here . . . the religion section is there . . . cooking and diet books farther down . . . and right over here is the
black section.
You think I'm kidding?
At Walmart, apparently, skin color trumps all.
The ''black section'' contains everything written by and about blacks: romance novels, self-help books, religion, sports, even an
autobiography by the current president of the United States.
Now, whether or not you're a fan of Barack Obama, can't we at least agree that the thing that defines him is not his skin color but his job
title? We have lots and lots of African-Americans in this country — about 38 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau — but during
this country's entire 234-year history we have had only 44 presidents.
Yet there he is, right in the middle of six monochromatic shelves, peering out at us from the cover of The Audacity of Hope.
At the Walmart on Arlington Road in Springfield Township, you'll find two fancy, hardcover books by people who are household names
in professional football. Drew Brees, quarterback of the 2009 Super Bowl champion
New Orleans Saints, smiles on the cover of Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity. Tony Dungy, coach of
the 2006 Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts, smiles on the cover of The Mentor Leader.
But you won't find those books side by side. Why? Because Brees is white and Dungy is black.
The black guy goes in the black section. After all, who other than a black person would want to read a book by an insightful, ethical,
inspirational football coach?
At the Walmart in Montrose, Storm Warning, by hugely popular white pastor Billy Graham, can be found in the religion section. But Life
Overflowing, by hugely popular black pastor T.D. Jakes, is in the black section, along with Dungy and Obama and Sister Souljah and
Adrienne Byrd and all those other people whom Walmart believes are pretty much the same.
The positioning of books within the black shelves would be laughable if it weren't such a sorry commentary on Walmart's thought
process — or lack thereof. For instance, directly beneath a faith book by gospel artist Kirk Franklin is a steamy novel called The Hot
Box, whose back cover promises ''fiery titillation.''
Where does it go?
The megachain's deep thinkers must have agonized over some of these decisions. Imagine the gnashing of teeth over Obama:
Let's see . . . the guy is actually half-white, so maybe we should put him in the regular section . . . but he is also half-black, and people
seem to regard him as the first black president . . . so I guess we should put him in the black section.
No doubt the placement of To Kill a Mockingbird presented a similar dilemma:
Gosh . . . the plot revolves around a black man falsely accused of rape, and there are a bunch of black characters . . . but the book was
written by a white woman, and most of the characters are white . . . so we'd better put this one in the section with the real novels.
Did the knuckleheads making these decisions give a moment's thought to anything beyond black and white? Hard to tell.
Wal-Mart responds
When asked why many of its stores have a ''black section'' that lumps together everyone from romance novelists to preachers to the
president of the United States — even though they have little in common beside skin color — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. responded without
really responding.
''The book sections in our stores are designed to meet customer demand and feedback at the local level,'' read an e-mail from Phillip
Keene, a media-relations official at the company's headquarters in Bentonville, Ark.
''Like many national bookstores, and book sections at retailers across the country, some of our stores have a section for African-
American-focused books, while a store in a different area of the country might have a large science-fiction section or Western section.'
'Additionally, our books are separated into hardcover bestsellers, paperback bestsellers and other categories and it's possible that titles
could be moved to different areas of the book section based on demand or interest for that particular merchandise.''
OK, then.
If I'm correctly reading between the lines, the one and only issue here is effective marketing, and Wal-Mart thinks that drawing distinct
lines between white and black will add up to more green.
I doubt it. I think it's insulting and financially counterproductive.
Wal-Mart is doing nothing more than feeding one of this country's worst habits: looking at absolutely everything in black and white.
No one can dispute that skin color colors much of how we perceive things and how we are perceived. But not everything is black and
white. And until we can get that through our collective heads, we have no chance of solving the race problem that has haunted this
country for centuries and periodically threatens to tear it apart.
Bob Dyer can be reached at 330-996-3580 or

                                   5 Year Katrina Anniversary – Aug. 29, 2010
                       Obama Vows to End "Turf Wars, Red Tape" Hindering Katrina Recovery
                                 Marking Katrina anniversary, Obama praises New Orleans' resilience
                   New Orleans evacuees find new life - and home - in New York City post-Hurricane Katrina
      An on-air and online investigation into questionable police shootings by the New Orleans Police Department
                                                  in the wake of Katrina
                Rumor to Fact in Tales of Post-Katrina Violence -
                        The Fate of New Orleans Hangs in an Uncomfortable Balance With Mother Nature
                                        Housing shortage prices some blacks out of New Orleans
                                           New Orleans: A Farm Grows in the Lower Ninth Ward
                                         New Orleans Schools Seize Post-Katrina Momentum
                                         Katrina's Toll Includes Rise in Suicide, Mental Illness
                                    5 years after Katrina, does Obama care about black people?
                         Former Mayor Nagin: New Orleans would have never rebounded without you
                                                         Katrina Survivors Still Struggling
                                After Katrina, New Orleans Cops Were Told They Could Shoot Looters
                                      Katrina leaves New Orleans political landscape looking whiter
                                          New Orleans charter schools redefine education reform
         Living in New Orleans After Katrina (Graphic Essay) -
                                                         Hurricane Katrina in Pictures
     For Spike     Lee, a New Requiem for New Orleans -
                                           Environmental racism is still rampant post-Katrina
                                                New Orleans Community Rises and Shines
                                   Obama to visit New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina anniversary
                 Katrina report emphasizes need for continued fight for racial justice and recovery efforts
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law recently released “Five Years of Commitment: Providing Legal Assistance in the Gulf Post Katrina.”
The report details the organization’s commitment to low-income and minority communities disproportionately affected in both Louisiana and Mississippi
following the wrath of Hurricane Katrina. The needs in the region are still great, some further impacted by the Deepwater Horizon environmental
catastrophe. In assessing the region’s continuing needs, Lawyers’ Committee staff have met with over 40 community organizations in Louisiana and
Mississippi, many of which we have worked with since the Initiative was launched. “The Lawyers’ Committee remains committed to fighting for racial
justice and ongoing recovery efforts,” said Ms. Arnwine. “In addition to addressing issues of adequate housing, ongoing efforts, as detailed in the report,

include collaborative title clearing for homeowners and nonprofits, organizational capacity and nonprofit restructuring, affordable housing development,
community land trusts, port expansion and much more.” From Unity

                                                            BUSINESS CORNER
                                          Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Opportunities Initiatives

                                                                Welcome to
                                                        “Cathy’s Corner”

                                       Cathy Harris, Empowerment Speaker, Health and Business Coach
               Do you have a health, business, workplace, family or community question?
                      Email: or or call: (770) 873-2072.

                                                 WORKPLACE QUESTION OF THE WEEK

Question: Ms. Harris can you explain the Equal Employment Opportunity laws more clearly for my family. I am
just getting into the workplace for the first time and I need to be aware of ALL my rights in the workplace.

Answer: When you are hired on any job one of the first booklets or pamphlets you should receive from your new
employer are about the EEO laws. But many of these employers will not give you this material because they do not want
you to know your rights. The goal is to be an informed employee especially if you become eligible to file an
EEO/discrimination complaint down the line. EEO laws should be visibility posted at your job so others will understand
that everyone should be treated fair and equal under the law. If you have a union at your job, make sure you join them
and sit down with them so they can further explain your rights. You can read more about your rights in the workplace at and the following excerpts from another EEO expert.

Prohibited Employment Policies/Practices
Under the laws enforced by EEOC, it is illegal to discriminate against someone (applicant or employee) because of that
person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
It is also illegal to retaliate against a person because he or she complained about discrimination, filed a charge of
discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

The law forbids discrimination in every aspect of employment.

The laws enforced by EEOC prohibit an employer or other covered entity from using neutral employment policies and
practices that have a disproportionately negative effect on applicants or employees of a particular race, color, religion, sex
(including pregnancy), or national origin, or on an individual with a disability or class of individuals with disabilities, if the
polices or practices at issue are not job-related and necessary to the operation of the business. The laws enforced by
EEOC also prohibit an employer from using neutral employment policies and practices that have a disproportionately
negative impact on applicants or employees age 40 or older, if the policies or practices at issue are not based on a
reasonable factor other than age.

Job Advertisements
It is illegal for an employer to publish a job advertisement that shows a preference for or discourages someone from
applying for a job because of his or her race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older),
disability or genetic information.

For example, a help-wanted ad that seeks "females" or "recent college graduates" may discourage men and people over
40 from applying and may violate the law.

It is also illegal for an employer to recruit new employees in a way that discriminates against them because of their race,
color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

For example, an employer's reliance on word-of-mouth recruitment by its mostly Hispanic work force may violate the law if
the result is that almost all new hires are Hispanic.

Application & Hiring
It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against a job applicant because of his or her race, color, religion, sex (including
pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. For example, an employer may not refuse
to give employment applications to people of a certain race.

An employer may not base hiring decisions on stereotypes and assumptions about a person's race, color, religion, sex
(including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

If an employer requires job applicants to take a test, the test must be necessary and related to the job and the employer
may not exclude people of a particular race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, or individuals with
disabilities. In addition, the employer may not use a test that excludes applicants age 40 or older if the test is not based on
a reasonable factor other than age.

If a job applicant with a disability needs an accommodation (such as a sign language interpreter) to apply for a job, the
employer is required to provide the accommodation, so long as the accommodation does not cause the employer
significant difficulty or expense.

Job Referrals
It is illegal for an employer, employment agency or union to take into account a person's race, color, religion, sex
(including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information when making decisions about job

Job Assignments & Promotions
It is illegal for an employer to make decisions about job assignments and promotions based on an employee's race, color,
religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. For example, an
employer may not give preference to employees of a certain race when making shift assignments and may not segregate
employees of a particular national origin from other employees or from customers.

An employer may not base assignment and promotion decisions on stereotypes and assumptions about a person's race,
color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

If an employer requires employees to take a test before making decisions about assignments or promotions, the test may
not exclude people of a particular race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), or national origin, or individuals with
disabilities, unless the employer can show that the test is necessary and related to the job. In addition, the employer may
not use a test that excludes employees age 40 or older if the test is not based on a reasonable factor other than age.

Pay And Benefits
It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee in the payment of wages or employee benefits on the
bases of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
Employee benefits include sick and vacation leave, insurance, access to overtime as well as overtime pay, and retirement
programs. For example, an employer many not pay Hispanic workers less than African-American workers because of their
national origin, and men and women in the same workplace must be given equal pay for equal work.

In some situations, an employer may be allowed to reduce some employee benefits for older workers, but only if the cost
of providing the reduced benefits is the same as the cost of providing benefits to younger workers.

Discipline & Discharge
An employer may not take into account a person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40
or older), disability or genetic information when making decisions about discipline or discharge. For example, if two
employees commit a similar offense, an employer many not discipline them differently because of their race, color,
religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

When deciding which employees will be laid off, an employer may not choose the oldest workers because of their age.

Employers also may not discriminate when deciding which workers to recall after a layoff.

Employment References
It is illegal for an employer to give a negative or false employment reference (or refuse to give a reference) because of a
person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

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