Civil Rights in colleges are a Supreme Court hot topic in the recent news. After decades of laws passed confirming the constitutionality of both civil and human rights, the question still arises if affirmative action is in fact a positive or a negative. Now in Texas the affirmative action question is brought to the Supreme Court once again to decide whether some students are disenfranchised more than others based on the affirmative action precedent.
The Supreme Court will rule on the issue of affirmative action which will impact not only who will get first dibs at college enrollment, but also who will have the opportunities to climb the career ladders in tough economic times in a hyper-competitive job market.
Besides honing in on skills in advanced Math and Science to meet the global competition, college graduates applying for jobs will also need to be aware of healthy workplace protocol in an era when employers are looking for not only highly skilled employees, but also employees that can fit into an environment that will hold down costly consequences such as reduced productivity, absenteeism, turnover, and employee health-related expenses and these protections should be guaranteed to every worker and not limited to legally protected class status based only on race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion or disability. These protections were guaranteed in the Civil Rights Decision in 1964 under Title VII.
While college students jockey for a place in the classrooms, a national campaign for Healthy Workplaces is underway. Over 45 cities in California have proclaimed the 3rd week in October (October 14 through 20) “Freedom from Workplace Bullying Week”. That is an increase of 4 to 1 from last years record of 10-15 cities in California and many cities in New York, Texas, Ohio, even Anchorage Alaska have signed onto the proclamation.
Among the cities that have signed and sealed their FFWBW proclamations’ for 2012 are: Burbank, Sacramento, Fairfield, Orange County, South Lake Tahoe, Tehachapi, Claremont, Industry, Garden Grove, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Pittsburg, Antioch, Torrance, Placerville, Rancho Mirage, Santa Monica, Carson, Atascadero, Palmdale, Ridgecrest, Lynwood, Santa Rosa, South El Monte, Brentwood, Palm Desert, Palo Alto, Torrance, Windsor, Woodlake, Watsonville, Santa Cruz, Mendota, Gilroy, Downey, Alhambra, Colfax, Colusa, Sebastopol, Moorpark, Brea, Madera, Oakley, La Fayette, Los Angeles and El Dorado County.
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