Dozens of companies including Google, Apple and Microsoft are all asking the U.S. Supreme Court to address whether a law banning sex discrimination in the workplace provides protections to gay employees. The companies are asking the Supreme Court to take up the case of Jameka Evans – a former security guard at a Georgia hospital, who says she was harassed and forced to quit her job because she is gay. Currently, there are 27 states that have not yet adopted their own laws, which is why these companies think that a federal law is so imperative. They are asking that the federal law clearly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.
A federal appeals court in Atlanta dismissed Evans’ case stating that discrimination against gay employees is not unlawful under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Is it time that sexual orientation is included in the Civil Rights Act? Is America ready for that? Title VII prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. But sex, as it’s understood means your gender. In July of 2017, the Justice Department filed an amicus brief stating that Title VII doesn’t cover employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.
The ACLU would rather see this play out in the courts. After all, it’s pretty clear what kind of outcome we would see if the Attorney General or the White House were making this decision. The Department of Justice, under former President Barack Obama, had never gone all the way toward supporting sexual orientation being covered under Title VII in lawsuits. … Read the rest
Microsoft is trying to make your life easier. Specifically by bridging the gap between your phone and your PC. You’re likely familiar with the Handoff concept from Apple. Where you can do work on your Mac, and then pick up where you left off on your iPhone. Microsoft is now offering this same feature, but calling it “Continue on PC”. You can only do it on your Android phone. Which I think is a great idea.
Android phones allow users to customize their launcher, which pops up when you press the Home button. Microsoft Launcher is based on Fluent design and allows you to further customize what you want to see. In addition to “Continue on PC”, you can place icons of your favourite people on your home screen. It also offers The Feed, where you can find your most used apps, recent news, important events, and more – all tailored to your needs. You can access The Feed by swiping right. This sounds really kind of neat. Having icons of people that I call often would make it easier when placing phone calls. I realize it’s one more step to open my phone app and go to favourites, but I still think this is a good idea.
The entire feature is useful. But it’s been around for awhile. Since iOS 8. Which makes you wonder why Microsoft is just getting into this business now? Maybe one of the most useful tools with Apple Integration is the ability to send iMessages from your Mac. … Read the rest
Is this a big deal? Bill Gates announced this past weekend that he is now using an Android device. On one hand, this signals the demise of the Windows Phone, but is it really that big of a deal? Gates mostly uses Microsoft software on the Android phone, so again, I ask the question – is this really a big deal? I am not really sure how I feel about this. But it does make sense for Gates to pick an Android device over iOS. Microsoft is in the middle of a bad battle with Google over productivity software, but Gates has a long history of conflict with Apple. And, honestly, Android is closer to the Microsoft ethos than iOS.
I’ve said this a million times, if I’ve said it once – people are brand loyal. People who use iOS devices, almost solely use iOS devices. Getting back to the Microsoft “ethos” though. You can customize the operating system and run fringe apps easier on Android, and in general it’s platform is more widely supported than Apple. I can be a bit of a rule follower. If you know me, you know this to be true. (Also, if you know the line of work I’m in, this rings double true) Which is why I kind of like the iOS devices. Maybe because I can’t do anything with them outside of what Apple tells me I can? Like I said, I like parameters. … Read the rest