In episode 106, Coffey talks with Paul Simon and Dustin Paschal about HR news topics including the possible impact of Supreme Court’s decision on race-conscious admissions programs; SCOTUS’ revised standard for evaluation religious accommodation requests; and the possible causes of the Hot Strike Summer.

They discuss when an employer can consider race or sex in making an employment decision; disparate impact and reverse discrimination; the difference between “affirmative action” and “equal employment opportunity”; removing bias in the interviewing process; moving beyond the de minimis standard for religious accommodations, including how closely to scrutinize an employee’s religious claims; and the recent movement of everyone going on strike.

Here are some of the news items they discussed:  

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Paul Simon and Dustin Paschal

Paul Simon and Dustin Paschal

 Paul Simon, JD

As a founding member of Simon | Paschal PLLC, an employment and business law boutique law firm in Dallas, Texas, Paul maintains an active employment and business law practice. Paul has a wide array of experience in employment matters. Paul also has a broad business-based practice including, business entity formation and dissolution, operating agreements, and contract drafting and review. Paul currently serves on the DallasHR Board of Directors as the Director of the Collin CountyHR Committee. Paul was a six-term member of the DAYL Executive Committee, where he ultimately served as its President. Paul also has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star and has been selected more than 5 times as a Texas Super Lawyer. Paul also was selected as a Best Lawyer Under 40 and a Best Lawyer in Dallas by D Magazine in 2018 and 2019.


Dustin Paschal, JD.

As a founding member of Simon | Paschal PLLC, a boutique employment law firm in Frisco, Texas, Dustin maintains an active employment law practice. If it’s an HR related issue, Dustin likely handles it for his clients. Dustin is a former President of DallasHR and currently serves on DallasHR’s Board of Trustees, which he previously chaired for two years. Dustin also serves as the Texas SHRM State Director-Elect. He previously served as a District 1 Director and as a Legal & Legislative Director. Dustin is also active in his community, where he has served on various city, school district, and nonprofit committees and boards. Dustin likes HR so much, he married an HR professional! When Dustin isn’t working, he is trying to keep up with an active five-year-old son or trying to forget that he’s a lawyer!


  1. Sebrena Bohnsack

    This training was very informative! Thanks!

  2. Sebrena Bohnsack

    Great information! Thanks!

  3. Anthony James Padgett

    Im new to HR and find your training very informative!!


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