Friday, July 23, 2010

Series of Free Online Diversity Workshops Announced By Civil Rights Author, Diversity Expert

Contact: Susan Klopfer
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Upside Potential Exists For Companies That Embrace Diversity

New EEOC data shows that religious discrimination claims have doubled in the past 15 years, and the number of settlements has tripled since 1997. This should not surprise most executives for two reasons, says diversity consultant Susan Klopfer.

First, the United States is seeing a broader mix of religious backgrounds as workforces diversify. Second, employees have become more litigious, “and they’re well aware of the laws that give them the right to certain accommodations based on their religious beliefs.”

Yet the real question for today’s companies are whether they are seeing this and related employment discrimination litigation as a "problem" or at least some components as an opportunity to strengthen their businesses, Klopfer says.

The Iowa civil rights author is announcing three online workshops entitled “Five Costly Diversity Mistakes Companies Can Make and How To Avoid Them.” Sessions are set for Tuesday, August 10 and 24 and Wednesday, September 1 running from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Central time. There is no cost and attendees receive a free gift, Klopfer said.

For the Thur, Aug 12, 2010 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM CDT online session, click HERE now to register.

For the Tue, Aug 24, 2010 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM CDT online session, click HERE now to register.

For the Wed, Sept 1, 2010 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM CDT online session, click HERE now to register.

“As our country becomes more and more diverse in every aspect, from changing family structures and increasing minority population to changing religious patterns, there is great opportunity for the organization that adapts to and embraces diversity, and this will be the focus of these online workshops,” Klopfer said.

Klopfer, who holds a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University, is also the author of three books on civil rights, including her latest, Who Killed Emmett Till?” Persons wishing to sign up for workshops can do so at Klopfer’s website


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