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.

Lawmakers in Massachusetts are debating legislation that would make it the second state (after Michigan) to prohibit job discrimination based on a person’s height or weight. Passage of the bill in Massachusetts could spark interest in such laws in other states.

When the U.S. Supreme Court began its new term, one of its first moves was to reject a case that could have created new responsibilities for employers in investigating sexual harassment ...

Just because employees are young doesn't mean they don't know their rights to a harassment-free workplace. The media firestorm involving Rep. Mark Foley's improper e-mails to teen pages in Congress raised awareness among workers, parents and employers about harassment of teen workers ...

When faced with a multipage employment contract, some job candidates and employees may be tempted to skip a careful reading before they sign on the dotted line. But state courts won't excuse employees who claim that they didn't understand the employment terms because they never read them ...

Managers in every U.S. organization got a wake-up call from the U.S. Supreme Court this summer about the legal risk of retaliating against employees who voice complaints about discrimination or other on-the-job wrongdoing. In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court established a broad national definition of what management actions would be considered illegal “retaliation” under [...]

Like most organizations, your organization probably needs to squeeze more productivity out of fewer employees these days. That may mean requiring some hourly employees to work overtime, even if they don't want to. But, if handled incorrectly, mandatory overtime can smother morale, create management-employee tensions and spark legal disputes ... 

California employees are paying into a two-year-old paid family leave fund, yet only 29 percent know it, says a new study by the Paid Family Leave Coalition ...

Forcing your well-meaning health-improvement plan could backfire. Discrimination and privacy issues could derail your goal. Immunize your program against potential legal ills using these five tips ...

When employees sue you for discrimination, be sure to pull out their job applications and résumé for a second look. You may discover that they misrepresented their education or job history, which could sink their case ...

The EEOC filed a religious discrimination lawsuit last month against the Aldi supermarket chain after the two parties failed to reach a settlement ...