D&I Weekly News Round Up: class bias, mental health and more

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion News Round-Up. Today we are talking about gender bias, how Starbucks is implementing mental health care for their employees, a shoe collection made for people on the autism spectrum and how speech pattern can lead to hiring bias.

Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Class Bias

According to a recent study from Yale University, the speech pattern of candidates can lead to hiring bias. People who seem to belong to a “lower class” are often seen as less competent, even by experienced interviewers.

Gender Bias

Interesting interviews with three female executives from Lenovo, Alaska Airlines and Goldman Sachs on gender bias and their personal journeys.

Mental Health

From April onwards, Starbucks employees in the US can get up to 20 free mental health session per year. More and more employers understand how crucial mental health care is and try to remove barriers and stigmas around it. Read more here.


The shoemaker Vans just released a new collection specifically designed for people on the autism spectrum. The Autism Awareness Collection features sensory-friendly shoes and apparel and has been launched ahead of Autism Awareness month in April.

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