iTutorGroup operates as an English language learning institution. It offers an online education platform providing individualized, personalized learning experiences to its students. It uses big data analytics with data from learner behavior patterns and utilizes advanced algorithmic capabilities to match students, teachers, and digital content. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Shanghai, China.
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Sep 20, 2023
To embed, copy and paste the code into your website or blog: <iframe frameborder="1" height="620" scrolling="auto" src="//www.jdsupra.com/post/contentViewerEmbed.aspx?fid=a11a7ece-2573-4061-8987-761c83c9970a" style="border: 2px solid #ccc; overflow-x:hidden !important; overflow:hidden;" width="100%"></iframe> The DE OFCCP Week in Review (WIR) is a simple, fast and direct summary of relevant happenings in the OFCCP regulatory environment, authored by experts John C. Fox, Candee J. In today’s edition, they discuss: Remote Work Not Required to Accommodate Hospital Worker’s Disability Claims Because Physical Presence was Essential Job Function U.S. EEOC Settled with Tutoring Company that had Alleged Intentionally Programmed its ATS to Reject Older Applicants 2022 EEO-1 Component 1 Data File Upload Specifications Posted DE Webinar Questions & Answers: What Federal Contractors Need to Know About the OFCCP’s New Audit Scheduling Letter In Brief Looking Ahead: Upcoming Date Reminders Monday, August 7, 2023: Remote Work Not Required to Accommodate Hospital Worker’s Disability Claims Because Physical Presence was Essential Job Function Exemption from On-Site Facial Covering Mandate Not a Reasonable Accommodation A lower court correctly dismissed an Indiana hospital department head’s disability accommodation, discrimination, and related claims, the U.S. The Court found that manager Anna Kinney could not perform certain essential functions of her job without being present in the radiology department she oversaw ( Kinney v. St. Mary’s Health, Inc. , No. 22-2740). Ms. Kinney requested she be allowed to work from home, claiming that she could not comply with the hospital’s COVID-19 safety protocol requiring her to wear face coverings which exacerbated her pre-existing anxiety disability. Writing for a unanimous three-judge panel, Judge David F. Hamilton concluded that because physical presence was an “essential function” of her job, she was not “qualified” for her manager position under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Moreover, even if she had been “qualified,” the accommodation she requested – to be excused from the safety protocol and work without a face covering – was not reasonable. The fact that the hospital allowed her to work from home for several months during the pandemic did not sway the appellate court to rule otherwise. Employee Worked Remotely for Six Months During Pandemic As the Executive Director of the radiology department, Ms. Kinney supervised approximately 120 employees. For six months during the COVID-19 pandemic, she worked remotely, going to the hospital two or three times a month. When the hospital developed safety protocols in August 2020, her coworkers, including all department heads, returned to work in person at the hospital and wore facial masks/coverings as per the hospital’s requirements at the time. Nevertheless, she completely stopped going on-site and worked solely from home yet did not bother to tell her supervisor or ask permission. Hospital Rejected Accommodation Requests & Employee Eventually Resigned In October, following multiple complaints about her failure to appear on-site, her supervisor told Ms. Kinney that she needed to work in person at least a few times each week. A few days later she submitted a doctor’s note saying that she could not wear a mask due to her diagnosed anxiety disorder (which the hospital accommodated with intermittent Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) leave prior to the pandemic). Ms. Kinney’s “Doctor Note” recommended that she work entirely from home, if possible. Although the hospital suggested wearing a face shield instead of a mask, Ms. Kinney failed to respond as to whether that suggestion was feasible. The hospital then required Ms. Kinney to return to work in person effective December 27, 2020. In January 2021, Ms. Kinney submitted a second doctor’s note requesting an alternative accommodation of allowing for in-person work two days a week for six hours each day while performing as many of her responsibilities as possible in her office using remote technology so that mask-wearing could be kept to a minimum. Even then, Ms. Kinney’s doctor recommended that the hospital not require her to wear a mask for more than 15 minutes at a time. However, the hospital denied this request. The next week, Ms. Kinney attended an in-person staff meeting without a mask, leading to a reprimand. From that point, she worked in person two days a week, spending most of her time in her office with her door closed and without a mask. She took intermittent FMLA leave and used accrued paid time off to cover the remaining three workdays each week. When Ms. Kinney’s paid time off ran out, she took a leave of absence before finally resigning in August 2021. Looking at Specific Job Functions, Appellate Court Found Physical Presence Essential The Seventh Circuit panel ruled that Ms. Kinney’s requested accommodation of working remotely was not feasible because uncontested testimony from her managers, coworkers, and subordinates showed that she could not perform the essential functions of her job satisfactorily while doing so. Among other functions, her job description required her to monitor the plan for patient care services, oversee the installation and maintenance of equipment, serve as a liaison to other departments, and evaluate employee performance. Even though she asserted she could do such tasks remotely, the court pointed out that she had to rely on reports from others to fulfill several of her responsibilities. On top of that, several of Ms. Kinney’s subordinates complained that her absence impaired department morale and efficiency, In addition, Ms. Kinney did not dispute that the hospital’s at-issue safety protocol was a valid job requirement. Indeed, her job description contained a requirement of “using personal protective equipment as required.” Moreover, Ms. Kinney did not suggest that there was a reasonable alternative face covering that would allow her to achieve the purpose of the safety requirements. “The fact that many employees were able to work remotely temporarily when forced to do so by a global health crisis does not mean that those jobs do not have essential functions that require in-person work over the medium to long term,” Judge Hamilton wrote. “Determining whether a specific job has essential functions that require in-person work has become much more of a case-specific inquiry,” he added. The Seventh Circuit panel also affirmed the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana’s dismissal of her related Title VII and FMLA claims. Monday, September 11, 2023: U.S. EEOC Settled with Tutoring Company that had Alleged Intentionally Programmed its ATS to Reject Older Applicants This Previously Touted First-ever “AI” Lawsuit was not an AI Case at All The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced a federal judge had approved a proposed settlement agreement the parties had filed in federal court last month. The settlement agreement now resolves allegations that iTutorGroup intentionally programmed its hiring software to unlawfully discriminate against older job applicants seeking employment as iTutorGroup tutors. iTutorGroup consists of three integrated Chinese-owned companies operating out of New York to provide English-language tutoring services to students in China. The companies agreed to pay $365,000 to a specified group of rejected applicants and to provide other relief. The EEOC alleged that iTutorGroup violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act when it intentionally programmed its tutor application software to automatically reject female applicants aged 55 or older and male applicants aged 60 or older. As a result, iTutorGroup rejected more than 200 qualified applicants based in the United States because of their age. Last month we reported that the EEOC filed a Notice of Settlement and a Proposed Consent Decree with the federal court district court for the Eastern District of New York. Following U.S. District Judge Pamela K. Chen’s approval of the settlement on September 8, the EEOC announced it in a press release on Monday. Although iTutorGroup has ceased hiring tutors in the United States, the agreement also provides for non-monetary relief should iTutorGroup ever resume its U.S. operations. That relief includes: extensive and continuing training for those involved in hiring tutors, iTutorGroup issuing a “robust” new anti-discrimination policy, and “strong injunctions against discriminatory hiring based on age or sex and requesting applicants’ birth dates.” Further, the EEOC will monitor iTutorGroup’s compliance with these obligations for at least the next five years or longer if the integrated companies resume hiring tutors in the United States. Plus, should iTutorGroup resume its U.S. operations, it must notify and interview those applicants allegedly rejected because of age. EEOC Previously Touted Lawsuit as Alleging Unlawful Use of AI In Monday’s press statement, the EEOC did not characterize the lawsuit as one involving the use of artificial intelligence (“AI”). Indeed, it made no mention of AI at all. Yet, the agency explicitly focused on AI in the press release announcing the lawsuit back in May 2022 , which stated: “Age discrimination is unjust and unlawful. Even when technology automates the discrimination, the employer is still responsible,” said EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows. “This case is an example of why the EEOC recently launched an Artificial Intelligence and Algorithmic Fairness Initiative. Workers facing discrimination from an employer’s use of technology can count on the EEOC to seek remedies.” … “The agency recently launched an Artificial Intelligence and Algorithmic Fairness Initiative to ensure that the use of software, including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and other emerging technologies used in hiring and other employment decisions comply with the federal civil rights laws that the EEOC enforces.” Thus, widespread, previous reporting had characterized the agency’s court action as “alleging AI hiring discrimination.” However, as John Fox pointed out in our “DE Under 3” video discussing our report last month , this case does not involve AI. Rather, it simply demonstrates an adjustment to an existing applicant tracking software system, where the integrated companies intentionally went in and changed their software. “This has nothing to do with unique algorithms that are going in and analyzing data and drawing a conclusion in an artificial way. This was purposeful, specific, targeted, unlawful discrimination,” he noted. Nevertheless, this case is a good teaching example because this type of discriminatory software programming is “a growing issue,” Fox explained. Companies need to train their managers about it, especially managers outside the United States who may not understand that U.S. law prohibits certain types of discrimination that are perfectly lawful and accepted in other countries, he added. Wednesday, September 13, 2023: 2022 EEO-1 Component 1 Data File Upload Specifications Posted Continuing the process for the upcoming October 31 Opening Date for its 2022 EEO-1 Survey Component 1 Data Collection, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) posted the updated 2022 EEO-1 Component 1 Data File Upload Specifications for filers on its EEO-1 data collection landing page . In its corresponding announcement , the agency stated: “The EEOC requires electronic submission of EEO-1 Component 1 report(s) through a web-based data collection application (i.e., portal) referred to as the EEO-1 Component 1 Online Filing System (OFS). Filers must submit workforce demographic data electronically in the web-based portal (i.e., OFS) through either (1) manual data entry or (2) data file upload. The “manual data entry” option requires directly entering workforce demographic data into the OFS. The “data file upload” option requires uploading a data file using the 2022 EEO-1 Component 1 Data File Upload Specifications. Filers choosing the “data file upload” option should read the newly updated 2022 EEO-1 Component 1 Instruction Booklet prior to and in conjunction with the 2022 EEO-1 Component 1 Data File Upload Specifications (i.e., “Data File Upload Specifications”). Filers must ensure they are complying with the EEOC’s substantive filing requirements detailed in the Instruction Booklet and should not refer solely to the “Data File Upload Specifications” to complete their required 2022 EEO-1 Component 1 filing.” We reported earlier that the EEOC set October 31 as the Opening Date for its 2022 EEO-1 Survey Component 1 Data Collection with the filing deadline on December 5, 2023. Last week, the agency posted the 2022 EEO-1 Component 1 Instruction Booklet . Wednesday, September 13, 2023: DE Webinar Questions & Answers: What Federal Contractors Need to Know About the OFCCP’s New Audit Scheduling Letter DirectEmployers held a complimentary 90-minute fast-paced Webinar for the public and its Member Companies discussing OFCCP’s new and controversial audit Scheduling Letter for Supply & Service contractors. Because many of the questions the attendees posed during the Webinar offered excellent “teaching opportunities” about OFCCP compliance topics, our Week in Review Editor and Publisher, Candee J. Chambers, made the command decision to publish 18 of these Questions and the Answers we composed in response after the Webinar. Here are the Questions as DE received them during the Webinar and our Answers to the questions. Key Acronyms
iTutorGroup Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When was iTutorGroup founded?
iTutorGroup was founded in 1998.
Where is iTutorGroup's headquarters?
iTutorGroup's headquarters is located at Building B, Financial Street Hailun Center, Shanghai.
What is iTutorGroup's latest funding round?
iTutorGroup's latest funding round is Corporate Minority.
How much did iTutorGroup raise?
iTutorGroup raised a total of $315M.
Who are the investors of iTutorGroup?
Investors of iTutorGroup include Ping An Insurance, Goldman Sachs, GIC, Silverlink Capital, Russia-China Investment Fund and 7 more.
Who are iTutorGroup's competitors?
Competitors of iTutorGroup include Open English and 8 more.
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