Accents in speech hurt credibility: study

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foriegn_accentA thick non-English accent can hurt your credibility, a new University of Chicago study finds.

Speakers with a noticeable accent were seen as less credible than those with no accent, largely because Americans who are native English speakers find them harder to understand, the study found. The thicker the accent, the less credible they came across as.

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Employer Retaliation Claims Rise

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EEOC Says 23% More Such Charges Were Filed by Workers in Fiscal 2008

mk-ay725_retali_ns_20091004184927The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last week sued Zachry Industrial Inc. for allegedly firing a female worker who complained about unequal access to bathrooms for women employees.

The agency charged the company with retaliating against the employee -- even though it didn't back up her discrimination claim.

The case comes amid a surge in complaints of retaliation to the EEOC. Claims including a retaliation charge rose 23% in the year ended Sept. 30, 2008, to 32,690 -- more than a third of all claims filed with the agency. Claims that didn't involve retaliation rose 12% in the same period.

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Justice Department Obtains $160,000 Settlement

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in Discrimination Lawsuit Against Atlanta Area Realtors

WASHINGTON — Atlanta real estate firms Coldwell Banker Joe T. Lane Realty Inc., Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty Company Inc. and Rodney Lee Foreman, one of their former real estate agents, have agreed to pay $160,000 to settle allegations that they illegally steered prospective homebuyers toward and away from certain neighborhoods based on race and color, the Justice Department announced today.

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California Hotel Pays $500,000

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in Racial Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Settlements

In recent California employment law news, the San Gabriel Hilton, run by Landwin Management, Inc., has settled two lawsuits for national origin discrimination and sexual harassment for $500,000, and significant remedial relief.

According to the first suit, filed in 2007 by the U.S. Equal Employment Commission, (EEOC), Landwin Management, the company that runs the Hilton hotel in the middle of San Gabriel's Asian community, was accused of not rehiring Latino banquet servers after taking over the management of the Hilton hotel in 2005. The former servers claimed that because they were not Chinese, they were not hired back after the hotel turnover, and were replaced with Chinese employees who were less qualified.

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DOT Settles Discrimination Lawsuit

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dot-largeA Department of Transportation engineer who said she was bypassed for promotion and wrongly accused of harassment has settled a federal discrimination lawsuit against the state agency.

Under the terms, the DOT paid Christine Aubrey $130,000 to cover her legal fees, promoted her to principal engineer and gave her $16,000 in back pay. She was bypassed for the job nearly three years ago, although she said she had been deemed qualified for it.

Aubrey had been a transportation engineer for the agency.

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