Employment Discrimination Challenges 'As Active as Ever'

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Dr. Joyce Hogan, an industrial psychologist specializing in physical employment testing, was recently awarded a $49,866 contract from Tennessee Eastman Kodak Company to develop a physical pre-employment test designed to discover potential employees who can perform physical tasks without safety risks and who will stay on the job.

"Employment discrimination challenges in this country are as active as they have ever been," Hogan said. "The issues and problems of fairness in employment procedures have not subsided."

Hogan, an associate professor of pyschology at the University of Tulsa, was also selected recently to be one of five experts in the fields of job analysis, test validation and employment discrimination to reform employment and promotion tests for the San Francisco Fire Department.

That panel was established after the U.S. Department of Justice filed suit against the organization for discrimination against women and minorities.

Hogan said the tests which caused the controversy required applicants to know trivial information and perform physically rigorous exercises, which the city could not defend as relating to the actual job duties.

While both projects involve the same research, one study is demanded by law while the other is "demanded by a real need for a corporation to find good employees. . ."

- Note to communications lawyers:

Did you know that it is illegal for any U.S. citizen to copy, transcribe and then disseminate in the United States information carried overseas by the Voice of America (VOA)?

Neither did I until I worked in Washington this past year.

According to the Gannett Foundation, if you or I were overseas and happened to tune in on a shortwave radio to the Voice of America and then sent that information out here in the United States, we would be violating the law.

The intent of the prohibition, or at least as I had it explained to me at the time, was to prevent whatever administration was in power at the moment from "propangandizing" the American populace. . .

- Oklahoma's Court of Criminal Appeals, the highest court in the state as far as criminal matters go, will receive two additional justices, upping the panel from its current three-judge panel to five.

The move was signed into law by Gov. Henry Bellmon June 30.

The move came in for high praise from Sen. Stratton Taylor, D-Claremore, who said "it makes good sense to increase the number of judges," thereby reducing the caseload for each and hopefully speeding the appeals process along. . .

- Richard E. Gerstein, on behalf of the American Bar Association (ABA), testified recently in support of a bill that would provide for a seven-day waiting period before the purchase of handguns. …