Don’t let biased notions of who can marry whom poison your workplace.
Recent case: Scott, who is white, was working for the Erie County Water Authority when he fell in love with a black woman and married her. During the engagement, Scott claimed he had been repeatedly harassed about the relationship. The alleged harassers included supervisors; the alleged harassment included the frequent use of racial slurs to describe his fiancé, her children and Scott’s status in their eyes as a “n****r lover.”
Scott was fired forand he sued for harassment. A jury awarded him more than $300,000 in damages. Now the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the award, based in part on his constitutional right to freedom of association. (Matusick v. Erie County Water Authority, et al., No. 11-1234, 2nd Cir., 2014)
- Warn managers and supervisors: You may be personally liable for discrimination!
- When salaries differ within job classification, be prepared to offer data explaining why
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- Train employees to avoid pestering workers who file lawsuits or in-house complaints
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