Heads up: African-American, Asian and Hispanic women are more likely to file sexual harassment charges than in the past, according to a National Partnership for Women & Families study of data from the EEOC and state fair-employment agencies.
The study says that sexual harassment charges filed by white women have climbed by 5 percent in the past decade. Over that same period, claims by African-American women rose 42 percent; claims by Asian women climbed 100 percent; and claims by Hispanic women jumped by 120 percent.
Note: White women still file the greatest number of sexual harassment claims (3,721 claims last year). The second-highest number: 907 charges by African-American women.
- Retain hotline records for later use in court
- Be alert for hidden--or overt--bias when hiring manager rejects qualified candidate
- Tell supervisors: Enforce attendance rules equally—or prepare for court
- Employee can't work well with others? Document that claim!
- Loose lips lead to liability when word of alleged employee wrongdoing leaks out