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Screen-Saver Discrimination: HR’s Smart Investigation Erases Liability From Manager’s Dumb Move

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There’s nothing like a thorough, prompt and impartial investigation to save a company in court. So it’s time to think: Are you (and your HR staff) prepared and trained to handle investigations the correct way? As this new ruling shows, good investigations and an independent review of those investigations can be a true “get out of court free” card …

Case in Point: Cynthia Morrison worked as an emergency-room registrar for 17 years at Howard University Hospital. All was well until a new supervisor, Mark Furline, took over and hired 10 new registrars who were mostly in their 20s. Morrison claimed that Furline favored the younger employees and was hostile toward the older ones.

A rumor circulated that the younger registrars were being paid more—but that was proven to be false. Nevertheless, someone left a screen-saver message on a shared computer asking why the younger registrars were being paid ...(register to read more)

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