Thread regarding Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) layoffs

Invitation to "self Identify" your disability status

We (in the US) received the e-mail inviting us to go into Workday and update our disability status - and while we are there we can also consider updating our race, ethnicity, gender and military status. Sounds like the HR machine is gearing up for something? Not sure how I feel about this request - what does it really mean? Their definition of disability includes Blindness, Deafness, Bipolar, Major Depression, Cancer, PTSD, Diabetes, etc. (I was surprised to see Diabetes listed as a disability) Thoughts?

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Post ID: @VgVjyfy

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This is a common tactic. I worked for a company that did this like clockwork:

1) encourage employees to self identify

2) lay off the ones who are statistically unlikely to sue

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Post ID: @VgVjyfy-5cyd

"Is HPE violating some privacy laws with this request? I would check your local state laws."

FWIW, when you apply for a new job anywhere, you will be asked these questions.

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Post ID: @VgVjyfy-1rhn

I remember last year when they encouraged us to update our Workday profiles to include our education and skills. That was before layoffs. This smells similar.

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Post ID: @VgVjyfy-ejm

Is HPE violating some privacy laws with this request? I would check your local state laws.

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Post ID: @VgVjyfy-jnq

My guess is they want to minimize any potential lawsuits if there are layoffs planned. This week I saw that IBM is being sued over age discrimination in their layoffs (20k people over 40 laid off over the last 6 years) Maybe HPE wants to avoid a lawsuit over laying off other specific/identified groups?

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