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Riot Games settles lawsuit filed against it by female employees

“Following a number of lawsuits by female employees claiming gender discrimination and sexual harassment at Riot Games, the company revealed yesterday that it reached a settlement agreement” writes Andreas Stavropoulos for dotesports.com. Despite the initiative, Riot employees staged a company-wide walkout in May after the company forced one of the lawsuits into neutral arbitration.Riot cleared meeting schedules for its employees and said it wouldn’t take any action against employees participating in the walkout.A number of employees came forward, alleging that sexual harassment was rampant and discrimination made promotion for female…

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Google’s new guidelines ask employees to not talk politics at work

“Google released a new set of community guidelines Friday that ask employees to stop discussing politics during the workday” reports thehill.com. Earlier this month, a fired Google engineer alleged during an interview with the Journal that the company had a culture of “bullying” employees with conservative views. Google denied the allegations that employees are fired or harassed for political reasons, adding that “lively debate is a hallmark of Google’s workplace culture” The company said the engineer who made the claims, Kevin Cernekee, was fired after he used a personal device to download…

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African American employee’s office vandalized inside Education Department

“African art figurines were found beheaded, with their limbs removed, and a school desegregation poster was damaged, according to Education Department employees and a congressional aide” writes Jonathan Allen for nbcnews.com. The incident happened at the department’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, the employees and the aide told NBC News.WASHINGTON — The office of an African American employee of the U.S. Department of Education was vandalized earlier this week, and other employees have expressed concern that the attack may have been racially motivated. Source: nbcnews.com

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Google spooks employee activists with new guidelines for political speech at work

“Google has updated its employee guidelines to caution against unnecessary political debate and improper disclosure of company information” writes Aug Edt for theverge.com. The new language makes it clear that employees “may communicate about pay, hours, other work terms and conditions, or about any violation of law” — which are all rights that are protected under US law.Former employee Jack Poulson, who disclosed the existence of the Dragonfly program in 2018, told The Verge that those changes had been expected within the company for some time. “Now that employees are…

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Why SAP CEO Bill McDermott signs his emails ‘XO, Bill’ since buying Utah startup Qualtrics for $8 billion cash

“Four months ago, SAP shocked the software world by buying Utah-based market research software company Qualtrics for $8 billion in cash” writes Julie Bort for businessinsider.com. McDermott, who rose to the corner office of Europe’s biggest software company from a career as a salesman, was ready to explain.The “O” stands for operational data, the stuff SAP has traditionally collected like finances, inventory, sales and human resources information.McDermott didn’t discuss the layoffs much with Business Insider, except to say that the company is adding employees this year. Source: businessinsider.com

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Crashes Raise Questions About FAA’s Ties to Boeing

“Curtis, who worked for Boeing from 1991 to 2000, said the system is designed so that company employees defer to the FAA if they find something wrong” writes David Koenig for pbs.org. But safety experts say it’s time to look into the agency’s relationship with Boeing, based in Chicago.Between 2010 and 2013, prosecutors said, Fernandez would sign off on parts from an aviation repair company in exchange for bribes. Source: pbs.org

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Nooses, Confederate flags and monkey imagery: 19 black UPS workers say company ‘encouraged a culture of racism’

“The 46-page lawsuit filed this week painted a similarly troubling picture of life for black employees at the Maumee UPS facility” writes March At Am for washingtonpost.com. Other white employees, including a supervisor, were present and made jokes about the nooses, but the suit claims they were not disciplined.In July 2016, a white employee, who has since been fired, allegedly “fashioned two hangman’s nooses” and hung them over a desk belonging to a black co-worker, the lawsuit said. Source: washingtonpost.com

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Thousands of ICE employees can access license plate reader data, emails show

“In emails obtained by the ACLU, ICE was told that law enforcement could expect access to billions of license plate scans, with hundreds of millions more added each month” writes Mar Edt for theverge.com. A law enforcement data-sharing process makes the system “as easy as adding a friend on your favorite social media platform,” according to the emails.Immigration and Customs Enforcement allows thousands of employees to access a controversial license plate database with questionable legal safeguards in place to prevent abuse, the American Civil Liberties Union said today as it…

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Ford says cutting U.S. salaried jobs, doesn’t say how many

“(Reuters) – Ford Motor Co confirmed on Wednesday it is cutting an unspecified number of U.S. salaried jobs as part of a global reorganization announced last year” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. He said the restructuring “has resulted in some separations of salaried employees and the reassignment of others.”. General Motors Co is halting production in five plants in North America and has cut about 8,000 salaried jobs, or 15 percent of its white-collar workforce.Ford said last year it was working to reorganize its global salaried workforce that will…

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ACLU releases documents showing ICE lets thousands of employees access a controversial licence plate database with little oversight

“In emails obtained by the ACLU, ICE was told that law enforcement could expect access to billions of license plate scans, with hundreds of millions more added each month” writes Mar Edt for theverge.com. A law enforcement data-sharing process makes the system “as easy as adding a friend on your favorite social media platform,” according to the emails.Immigration and Customs Enforcement allows thousands of employees to access a controversial license plate database with questionable legal safeguards in place to prevent abuse, the American Civil Liberties Union said today as it…

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