When it comes to employment law, it’s always best for managers to learn from others’ mistakes rather than their own. Share these recent court cases—and the lessons learned—with your organization’s supervisors:
1. Nix the nicknames
The case: Soon after a 54-year-old employee was demoted, she sued for age discrimination. Her evidence? A new supervisor called her “Grandma” and suggested that she retire to spend time with her grandchildren. The court agreed, saying, “Calling someone ‘Grandma’ does suggest ageism.” (McDonald v. Best Buy, DC IL)
The lesson: Avoid nicknames that carry even the perception of being tied to a protected characteristic, such as race, age, gender, religion, national origin or disability.
2. Keep discipline consistent
The case: An employee of Indian descent believed she was criticized far more harshly than her white co-workers. To prove her thesis, she kept a notebook and tracked when she was critiqued co...(register to read more)