Looks like the National Basketball Association will make up for time lost to the lockout by playing on both the basketball and legal courts for the next few months. A former NBA security official claims his firing last summer was retaliation for reporting sexual harassment incidents.
Discrimination and Harassment
Discrimination and harassment claims often increase in a down economy. Learn the proper techniques for conducing proper workplace harassment investigations, providing sexual harassment training, and more to reduce claims of employment discrimination and preventing sexual harassment in the workplace.
Employers that don’t have a squeaky-clean, sex- and innuendo-free workplace may end up spending big bucks defending against sexual harassment charges. That means you need an aggressive program that bans all forms of sexual behavior and banter at work.
If two employees break the same workplace rule, they should receive the same punishment. But that doesn’t mean you can’t distinguish between degrees of culpability. It’s perfectly fine to terminate an employee who has a long history of rule breaking and retain another because it’s a first offense.
The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act makes it illegal for employers to subject employees to sexual harassment. But what if an employee harasses someone who does not work for the company? Does that make the employer liable? One court says no.
Employers are free to pay employees different rates based on training, experience and education. You’ll be fine as long as you can justify your pay criteria. However, an employee’s sex is never a legitimate differentiator.