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.

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If an employee ignores slurs or other hostile behavior—or even jokes about it with co-workers—that may be evidence the employee wasn’t personally offended and, therefore, won’t be successful in his hostile environment lawsuit.

It’s never pleasant to see a long-term employee’s performance decline. But if you intend to discipline a worker who previously was a good or even great performer, be sure to track the decline carefully. You don’t want an age discrimination claim to catch you unaware.

Just before she went on her honeymoon, a program director at Manhattan’s Shearith Israel, the oldest Jewish congregation in the country, confided to a co-worker that she was 19 weeks pregnant. The synagogue fired here upon her return.
Austin, Tx.-based e-MDs, which develops software for managing medical practices, faces charges it terminated an employee because she took maternity leave.
Here’s a simple tip that can save your organization time and legal troubles in the long run: Train all your managers and supervisors to tell employees asking for disability accommodations to take up the matter with the HR department. Don’t let managers go it alone with their own accommodation efforts.
Consider this before dismissing a request for reinstatement or new job application from a former employee: She may be trying to set up a lawsuit alleging that turning her down amounted to retaliation. Don’t fall into that trap.
Con Edison has agreed to a settlement of widespread sex discrimination charges filed by a class of over 300 female employees.
Empowering co-workers to report inappropriate behavior, multiple access points for reporting harassment, prompt investigations and swift disciplinary action when warranted, along with strong support from top leadership, are some of the measures employers can take to prevent workplace harassment, a panel of experts told the EEOC’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace at a public meeting held Oct. 22 in Los Angeles.
You probably know by now that when an employee needs to take leave, his or her actual absence can be the easy part to navigate. But just before they go, and after they return ... these are the times when issues of accommodation come into play. So how comfortable are you really with the ADA's tricky requirements?
After 31 years on the job, the cross-country coach for Hunter College in New York is suing the school, alleging he was forced out because of his age.
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