October 14

The Empowering Internet Safety Guide for Women

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Have you ever been harassed in the street? Received a crass message on a dating app? Had a coworker make a comment about your appearance that just didn’t sit right?

You’re not alone.

With the #MeToo movement, it’s easy to log onto Twitter or Facebook and see just how many women are victims of sexual harassment. Whether in person or online, women everywhere have experienced it in one way or another. And with all the new ways the internet has opened avenues of communication, online harassment is more prevalent than ever.

According to a study by the Pew Research Center, most online abuse takes place on social media. Although men are also subject to online harassment – which includes name calling, derision, and physical threats – the study found that online, women are more than twice as likely as men to experience sexual harassment.

In addition, more than half of women ages 18-29 report having been sent sexually explicit images without their consent.

This number is only growing, and while 70% of women believe online harassment to be a major problem, not many know how to prevent it. {click the image or title to view the article}

July 22

Can Bankruptcy Affect My Employment Status?

Many people may believe that their bankruptcy is kept between themselves and their bankruptcy attorneys; however, depending on your situation, it is possible that a prospective employer or your current employer will discover your financial troubles. Many employers these days are requesting consent from applicants to allow them to check their credit reports, particularly for positions that involve the handling of money or sensitive information. A chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcy will easily be discovered by a potential employer if you provide consent; it is possible that an employer will not consider your application without it.

July 16

Why Employers are Hiring People on the Autism Spectrum

Many studies have shown that people on the autism spectrum, while highly functional and capable, struggle to find employment. A Drexel University study led by Anne Roux of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute in Philadelphia, showed that 58% of young adults with autism are unemployed. As the number of autism diagnoses grows, so too does the unemployment rate for those individuals. Today, many companies are taking a stand to hire more people with autism due to the several advantages they bring to the team.

July 5

Why Do Employers Check Credit Reports?

Virginia is one of several states that has no laws restricting pre-employment background checks. Around the country, 47% of employers surveyed by the Society for Human Resource Management in 2012 reported that they do check the credit scores of prospective new hires. This is down from 60% in a 2009 report. It is not unusual for job applicants to have poor credit histories in a weak economy, but it may sound unusual for a prospective employer to inquire about a candidate’s credit. After all, what does a credit report have to do with the position being applied to? Is this grounds for discrimination?