Turn Based

21 Feb 19
TRAINWRECK'D SOCIETY

On the back (paperback edition):  When 12-year old Jensen Karp got his first taste of rapping for crowds at his friend’s bar mitzvah in 1991, little did he know that he was taking his first step on a crazy journey—one that would end with a failed million-dollar recording and publishing deal with Interscope Records when […]

21 Feb 19
The Poet's Grin

On Facebook recently, the poet Philip F. Clark wrote a post, Clark discusses, at length, the subject of sentimentality/sentiment, foregrounding this notion that the expression of sentiment—in whatever form it takes—seems to be frowned upon in certain corners of the “poetry world.” He wasn’t arguing against craft, far from it.  He was arguing for, I […]

21 Feb 19
Thrive Global
A productive and equitable modern economy should tap the value of all generations of workers.  As we strive for more diversity, let’s not forget that age diversity is a cornerstone of diverse workforce, and that age discrimination is a bias that strikes against all genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), passed in 1967 and modeled on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, was designed to protect workers over 40 from being denied employment or from being let go on the basis of their age. A Tougher Standard Here’s the wrinkle with the ADEA. While the Civil Right Act uses terminology that classifies discrimination as having to be a “motivating factor” – but not the only factor – in establishing discrimination, the ADEA, uses criteria that require age to be the single most important, or even the sole reason for discrimination.  Needless to say, this is a much higher bar to clear. A recent federal appeals case brought by the AARP on behalf of a Chicago lawyer (Kleber v Carefusion) ruled in favor of the company and made the (to me) outrageous assertion that the ADEA was intended to protect existing workers at a company from being fired, not to protect new workers seeking employment. Read the text of the ADEA and see if you agree with this interpretation. This Ain’t Going Away Soon The battle is ongoing. We all know that employers are bending over backwards to maintain the appearance of compliance with the ADEA while coming up with resourceful ways of circumventing it. Facebook’s audience targeting has been used by employers to only show job openings to younger candidates. How brilliant is that! Older candidates don’t even know they’re being discriminated against because they don’t even get to see the listings. In the face of looming lawsuits and a government complaint, the company has taken action to mitigate this practice.IBM was outed last year by ProPublica for a coordinated and not-so-clandestine program to “cut old heads” and promote younger hires (through their now-discontinued “Millennial Corps”). The company is now facing a rash of lawsuits and a Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) investigation. (If you haven’t read the ProPublica report, it is a doozy, and investigative journalism at its finest…).Some wins along the way: Lockheed Martin was fined $51 million including back pay, punitive damages, and penalties for firing a 66 year-old project engineer without cause.  The Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain was recently fined $12 million by the EEOC for its age discrimination practices.  In an interview with EEOC Director Victoria Lipnic, my colleague, financial journalist Chris Farrell, reveals that the agency has been steadily increasing its enforcement activities based on the growing number of complaints filed each year (over 18,000 in 2017). Impunity and Arrogance When you read through the cases and stats, you realize that like other forms of discrimination, age discrimination is under-reported and ferociously defended and protected by its perpetrators. Companies go to great lengths to disguise their ageist practices, and, in the IBM case for example, had the gall to fire people who were getting older, but then invited them to apply to contractor positions at lower pay rates and without benefits – and THEN instructed the hiring managers for those positions to NOT hire the former employees! The irony of age discrimination, of course, is that EVERYONE is eventually subject to its effects, so it is, in essence, a reflection of our own denial and fear of getting old (and dying). This is why age discrimination is “the last ism.” The Future: Ominous or Hopeful? Does the Chicago case (Kleber v Carefusion) constitute a harbinger of things to come? Will the courts continue to support age discrimination under the broad rubric of “deregulating” business practices? Or will that case get overturned by the Supreme Court?  Will Congress act to bolster the ADEA? The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA) is a bi-partisan Senate bill aimed at doing just that, but so far: no action. My opinion: don’t look to the courts or the Congress. They’re typically on the tail end of the innovation/leadership curve.  Look instead at the demographics.  Since the early 1990s, the number of workers 55 and older has doubled. As the aging bubble continues to grow (with the last baby boomer turning 65 on December 31, 2029), the number of older workers in the workforce will keep pace.  Women over 55 are also one of the fastest growing segments of the workforce.  By 2024, they will outnumber women 16-24 by a 2:1 margin. There’s an economic imperative at work here that employers can’t ignore. Employers are going be be better served by re-examining their bias and recognizing how older workers can improve their bottom line. Between the need for skilled workers, the need for more soft skills and life experience, and many other attributes that older workers bring to the table, I believe that the tide will have to turn because it is in employers’ best economic self interest.  Rather than bemoan the retrogressive attitudes of the courts, we need to defy the stereotypes and bring our “A” game to every meeting and every interview.  By being the change and bringing the value, we can dispel the false myths, and bring about a much more multi-generational workforce.  What’s your experience with age discrimination in your work? Is it something you’re seeing every day, but not experiencing directly?  Or have you been (or are you currently) the target of age discrimination? If so, what are you doing about it? Do you think we should be fighting back, or using this as a “teachable moment” to bring generations together?
21 Feb 19
PEOPLE.com

The WWE star-turned-actor produced Fighting with My Family, based on Paige’s life

21 Feb 19
My Job Is Scaring you

While I think the MAGA kids should’ve kept their mouths shut in the face of hate–because that’s what gay kids have to do daily–I’m also of a mind that Jussie Smollett is most likely one of the lowest, basest, and most despicable people on earth. Here’s why…..

21 Feb 19
Get Out of Debt Guy - Steve Rhode

Yesterday I wrote about how the Department of Education was going to forgive money missing from Argosy University that was supposed to have been distributed to students from their federal financial aid. This money would be used by students for silly things like rent, food, books, etc. Well, it turns out Mark Dottore, the court-appointed […]

21 Feb 19
Chemical 2 Energy Newz

Conformal coating is a special type of coating applied to electronic devices in order to protect them from external factors such as heat and rain. These form a protective layer shielding electronic circuits from moisture and chemical contaminants and help prolong the life of electronic devices. Various coating methods are used to protect electronic components […]

21 Feb 19
UPROXX

Trader Joe’s is famous for the quality of their own branded foods. Here are the ten best according to the people.

21 Feb 19
When I Have a Second

A couple of years ago there was a TV gameshow called “Don’t Forget the Lyrics”. The premise of this show was to see if a contestant could guess the lyrics to popular songs after the music had stopped playing. There were many times when they would play a song I thought I knew, only to […]

21 Feb 19
expertdr

Although the password manager included in Google Chrome does not have custom alerts and tools such as LastPass or Dashlane Password Managers, many consider it perfectly handy for normal use, since easy access to passwords is easy without relying on some third-party applications , However there is one obvious negative side of the browser’s failure […]

21 Feb 19
TheFeministPaper

If you’re going to be trash, own it with your chest. There’s nothing worse than surrounding yourself with groups of people who constantly feel like they need to make a joke out of everything without addressing the issue. A joke isn’t always just a joke. A joke can be used to clear discomfort and reduce […]

21 Feb 19
THINKING HORROR

Stephanie M. Wytovich is an American poet, novelist, and essayist. Her work has been showcased in numerous anthologies such as Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, Fantastic Tales of Terror, Year’s Best Hardcore Horror: Volume 2, The Best Horror of the Year: Volume 8, as well as many others. Wytovich is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog […]

21 Feb 19
What's Going On, America?

With the Midterm elections out of the way and the 2020 vote fast approaching, various Democrats have been declaring that they are running for the presidential office. Current Republican president Donald Trump will be campaigning for a second term. So who are the Democrats hoping to take on The Donald? Officially Declared Candidates Julian Castro. Texas. […]

21 Feb 19
This Modern World

Social media, innovative and integral to how we communicate in our current era, has gone far beyond our initial expectations to become a pillar of media sharing and a giant in the business world. Gone are the days of socializing with a small group; this age of technology has allowed us to spread our voices […]

21 Feb 19
Macs Women Online

Marketers are engaged in a continuous battle to gain an edge when it comes to SEO, seeking those crucial advantages provided by top visibility where customers are looking. Multiple disciplines from technical SEO to creative content can be leveraged to win the search marketing game. At TopRank Marketing, we believe the best answer to this […]

21 Feb 19
BGR

Apple is reportedly working closely with Goldman Sachs on a new financial product targeting iPhone buyers, a credit card that would be available directly on the iPhone through Goldman’s consumer bank Marcus. Unlike regular credit card support on the iPhone that allows users to add cards that can then be used for mobile payments via […]