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.
You won’t find many employers extolling the upsides of having a unionized workforce, but there is one advantage. If your union contract provides for a probationary period before an employee becomes a permanent part of your workforce, you may have more discretion in how you discipline the new employee.
In today’s world of work, lots of employees experience stress, which sometimes manifests itself in panic or anxiety attacks or problems concentrating. But that does not mean the employee is disabled.
The EEOC is suing Philips Lighting, alleging that it allowed a woman who worked in its Dallas warehouse to endure severe sexual harassment.
Employees can’t be punished for reporting alleged discrimination. That would be retaliation. But within reasonable limits, managers have the right to tell employees how to report alleged discrimination.
These days, you’re probably receiving tons of résumés for open positions. You obviously can’t interview all candidates. But don’t get careless about whom you pick to advance to the next screening level.
Hiring rules that end up excluding many applicants who belong to a protected class can spell big trouble. That’s because if the rule has a disparate impact on any particular protected class, it may be invalid and could become the basis for a lawsuit. At a minimum, be prepared to show that the rule is based on business necessity.
Don’t think you have enough employees to be covered by Title VII’s anti-discrimination provisions or other laws? If volunteers help your organization accomplish its work and you don’t count them, think again.
Lawrence Transportation has reached a settlement with a job applicant whom it refused to hire unless he cut off his dreadlocks. In addition to an undisclosed payment, the company agreed to implement and enforce policies banning religious discrimination and provide anti-discrimination training to all employees.
Want to avoid needless and expensive lawsuits? One good place to start is by encouraging respect and civility. That’s because sometimes hurt feelings are enough to spur a lawsuit.
A Dauphin County man who delivered Tastykakes to Giant Food stores is suing both the Tasty Baking Co. and the grocery store chain for religious discrimination after his contract was terminated. But Giant says it had no relationship with the deliveryman and wants to be removed from the suit.