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Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: Sept 7, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about class bias in the workplace, India’s decision to decriminalize homosexuality, a code violation at the US Open and Nike’s latest #justdoit campaign. Happy Friday!

Diversity & Inclusion Round Up
Caroline Berns 

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

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Diversity

Interesting article about class bias in the workplace. So called “class migrants” (professionals who were born to blue-collar families) experience challenges on a regular basis and according to studies, biases impact them during hiring, but also once employed, e.g. at company events or for their career development.

Gender

After a public outcry, the US Open changed a policy about players changing shirts on court and issued an apology. Last week, female tennis player Alizé Cornet received a code violation when quickly removing her shirtthat was on back to front. On the same day, various male tennis players changed their shirts on court during their matches without receiving any warnings.

LGBTQ

So much happiness in these pictures! Yesterday, India’s supreme court decriminalized homosexuality, saying that “the LGBTQ community has the same fundamental rights as citizens”. The law, that was introduced by the British colonial authorities in 1861, was rarely enforced, but was often used for harassing and blackmailing gay people.

Diversity

Nike just released a new commercial as part of their latest #justdoit campaign. The “Dream Crazy” video is featuring various athletes that had to overcome challenges in their career, including tennis player Serena Williams, queer skateboarder Lacey Baker, one-handed NFL player Shaquem Griffin and former NFL player Colin Kaepernick (which resulted in lots of discussions and backlash from some customers).

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