Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination against workers on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. An array of federal and state laws further refine the definition of discrimination.
Discrimination is one of the most difficult issues for employers because it affects every step of the employment relationship. In this day and age, few employers engage in overtly discriminatory policies. However, with the myriad laws on the books and new initiatives being debated seemingly every day, it’s easy to see how an employer could unwittingly violate the laws.
Take these steps to minimize the chances of facing a discrimination suit:
- Review the criteria for hiring, promotion and firing throughout your organization. You must be able to demonstrate that any test or criterion is job related, has a business necessity and does not have a disparate impact.
- Be consistent, fair and clear in your ...(register to read more)
- 10 minutes well-spent: Audit your employee bulletin board
- Good news: You don't have to worry spouse will sue under NJLAD
- Steer clear of blanket hiring policies that stymie disabled applicants
- Put best foot forward when responding to EEOC administrative claims
- Spring cleaning: Give employee handbook a thorough going-over