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Generally, human relations commissions are represented on affirmative action committees or have their own committee to address county employment issues. Commissions frequently will monitor county employment policies, procedures and practices to ensure that they are not discriminatory.

As in employment legislation may preempt local governmental agencies from enforcing laws barring discrimination in housing. However, fair housing groups investigate and discover discrimination in housing by sending out “testers” to determine whether people representing those protected by law are treated differently than other applicants for housing. When discrimination is found the group may charge the offending party with discrimination.

Human relations commission often develop working relationships with local fair housing groups.

Commissions may take the lead to ensure that people who move into areas where they are not the dominant racial or ethnic group are welcomed. Programs to accomplish this vary according to the situation. The type of activity appropriate when a relatively large number of people representing an ethnic or racial group move into an area populated with people from a different ethnic or racial group may be inappropriate when a few families of one ethnic or racial group move into a relatively homogeneous community of people from another ethnic or racial group. Programs may involve the residents in isolation from the institutions of the county, or they may involve the schools, law enforcement and other public agencies.

Salaries for female CEOs are rising, but the number of women in top jobs has barely budged

By | May 24th, 2017|Employment & Housing|

Women chief executives earned big bucks last year, but there’s still very few of them running the world’s largest companies.

The median pay for a female CEO was $13.1 million last year, up 9% from 2015, according to an analysis by executive data firm Equilar and the Associated Press. By comparison, male CEOs earned $11.4 million,

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Study: Tech Workforce’s Lack of Diversity Goes Deeper than Pipeline

By | May 23rd, 2017|Education, Employment & Housing|

As Howard University and Internet giant Google launch a summer residency program to boost hiring of underrepresented minorities in the technology sector, a recent study suggests that the top reasons for the field’s racial homogeneity isn’t the absence of a diverse pipeline but young graduates’ lack of industry contacts and an information gap about job

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Huge cuts to food stamps part of Trump’s budget proposal

By | May 22nd, 2017|Employment & Housing|

WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump’s budget would drive millions of people off of food stamps, part of a new wave of spending cut proposals that already are getting panned by lawmakers in both parties on Capitol Hill.

Trump’s blueprint for the 2018 budget year comes out Tuesday. It includes a wave of cuts to benefit programs

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How Homeownership Became the Engine of American Inequality: An enormous entitlement in the tax code props up home prices — and overwhelmingly benefits the wealthy and the upper middle class.

By | May 9th, 2017|Employment & Housing|

The son of a minister, Ohene Asare grew up poor. His family immigrated from Ghana when he was 8 and settled down in West Bridgewater, Mass., a town 30 miles south of Boston, where he was one of the few black students at the local public school. “It was us and this Jewish family,” Asare

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Black workers in Los Angeles face a ‘jobs crisis,’ UCLA report says

By | March 21st, 2017|Employment & Housing|

Black people living in Los Angeles County have been more likely than the rest of the population to remain unemployed or to drop out of the workforce altogether in the wake of the 2007-09 recession, according to a new report conducted by UCLA.

Black workers have lost blue-collar jobs at about the same rate as whites

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LA’s housing crunch leaves disabled with few options

By | September 13th, 2016|Disability, Employment & Housing|

Paralyzed from the waist down and requiring a wheelchair, Pacoima resident Martin Rosales struck out last week when he went apartment hunting.

At one Van Nuys building, his wheelchair was too big for the apartment’s front door. Another unit’s bathroom was too small.

Read more in the Los Angeles Daily News.

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U.S. Household Income Grew 5.2% in 2015, Breaking Pattern of Stagnation

By | September 13th, 2016|Employment & Housing|

WASHINGTON — For American families, household incomes rose strongly in 2015, breaking a yearslong pattern of income stagnation. The median household’s income in 2015 was $56,500, an increase of 5.2 percent over the previous year, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday.

Read more in The New York Tines.

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Squeezed garment factories use check cashing services to mask true wages, workers say

By | August 1st, 2016|Employment & Housing|

After a week of 10-hour days folding and packaging clothing, Jesus Francisco Moreno walked out of the factory in downtown Los Angeles on

a recent Monday afternoon to collect his $450 in wages. Holding a personal check, with no required deductions, he went to a white,

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He was homeless — but to get help, the rules said he had to prove it

By | August 1st, 2016|Employment & Housing|

After being discharged from detox, Rory Gallegos had nowhere to go. So he made the street his home.

A year later, he thought he had found a home when the Hillview Mental Health Center in Pacoima offered him an apartment with onsite mental health services.

Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

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L.A. will need to create a ‘housing machine’ as part of homeless bond measure, official says

By | July 7th, 2016|Employment & Housing|

Nearly eight years ago, Los Angeles County’s transit agency embarked on a huge construction initiative aimed at adding new subway lines, freeway lanes and light rail routes.

Before that, the Los Angeles Unified School District took on a massive plan for building dozens of elementary, middle and high schools.

Now, political leaders at Los

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