Here’s a tip for avoiding lawsuits over alleged discrimination. Don’t keep statistics just on the employees you hire. Track those to whom you offered a job, but who turned it down, too.
If you tend to hire members of the same sex, race or other protected class, those kinds of records may come in handy later if you’re sued and you have to show that you considered a wide range of applicants.
Recent case: Rick Rockwell and several other white firefighters in Harvey sued the city when they weren’t selected for one of several open deputy chief positions. They claimed that the city promoted only black candidates.
They also alleged that hiring and promoting minority candidates had become standard procedure since a new mayor had been elected.
For example, they pointed out that within the police department, only one white candidate was hired for 32 positions—the rest were filled by black candidates.
For the eight open deputy chief positions, three black candidates were promoted—essentially every black candidate got one of the jobs, while some of the positions were filled by white candidates.
But the city countered with applicant records and copies of job offers. In many cases, white applicants had been offered jobs, but had turned them down. That was good enough for the court, especially when it saw that it wasn’t just black candidates who were promoted. It dismissed the case. (Stockwell v. City of Harvey, No. 09-2355, 7th Cir., 2010)
Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!
Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...
We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.
The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.
" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/11573/when-documenting-hiring-processes-be-sure-to-track-rejected-job-offers-too "
- ICE cracks down on employers that hire illegals
- Former employee who sued applies for new job? Take extra care about who does the hiring
- How long before we should convert temp staff to employee status?
- State's Attorney's job fair recruits minority lawyers
- Bank of America wields 'big, fat stick,' Merrill brokers say