employment

  • Woman says she was fired after forgetting to pay $23 restaurant bill

    Wendy Wiles says she was terminated from her job after a misunderstanding over an unpaid bill at a restaurant.

  • Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie earn $18 million less than Matt Lauer for the same job

    The combined salaries of "Today" anchors Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie don't equal what the ousted Matt Lauer took home.

  • A New Study Reveals How Employers Discriminate Against Disabled People

    One of the more ingenious ways researchers have uncovered bias in hiring practices — biases employers themselves either aren’t aware of or aren’t going to cop to if asked directly —  is by sending out a bunch of résumés and cover letters that are identical other than on one key variable. Now, reports Noam Scheiber in the New York Times, researchers have expanded this sort of experiment to a new population: disabled people. Related: Millennials Are Less Racially Tolerant Than You Think As Scheiber explains, for the study, conducted for the National Bureau of Economic Research, a group of researchers stuck to the same format as those earlier experiments, sending thousands of applications out for accounting jobs, varying just one key aspect of the cover letters: The researchers constructed two separate résumés: one for a highly qualified candidate with six years of experience, and one for a novice candidate about one year out of college. For each résumé, they created three different cover letters: one for a candidate with no disability, one for a candidate who disclosed a spinal cord injury and one for a candidate who disclosed having Asperger’s syndrome, a disorder that can make social interaction difficult.