An employee who thinks her supervisor is out to get her may be on the lookout for perceived discrimination. She can turn a negativeinto a bias lawsuit.
The only way to prepare for surprise lawsuits is to consistently treat all employees alike and document that fair treatment. For example,should include as many objective measures as possible, making it easier to compare employees.
Recent case: Brenda Cothran, who is black, worked for the U.S. Postal Service and claimed her Hispanic supervisor discriminated against her because of her race. Two days after filing an internal complaint, Cothran got a negative performance appraisal that noted a specific area where she had failed to meet goals set for her by a previous supervisor.
Cothran sued, alleging the appraisal was retaliation for complaining about discrimination.
But the boss was ready, explaining to the court that another employee, who was not black, got exactly the same rating because she failed to meet the same goal. Plus, the supervisor explained the timing: Cothran had been required to turn in evaluations on a specific date. In other words, it was just coincidence that the evaluation was completed two days after Cothran complained.
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Texas employers, dismissed the case. (Cothran v. Potter, No. 10-10396, 5th 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/12945/the-best-defense-against-bias-lawsuits-equal-treatment-for-all-your-employees "
- No time for WARN notice? You can continue paying instead
- Long Island caterer ordered to serve up audited financials
- So long, Brett: Ex-Jet Favre's ROI among lowest for QBs
- Employees on the winning side of a record percentage of EEOC complaints
- Who is responsible for temp's claim for workers' comp benefits?