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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 may think that if an employee subjects both male and female co-workers to the same offensive conduct, employees of neither sex can file a sexual-harassment lawsuit.
In past cases, ...
Issue: Whether a marketing strategy can, or should, dictate your organization's hiring practice.
Risk: Any hiring strategy that appears to discriminate against a protected class is fair game for EEOC ...
If your organization regards an employee as having a
"disability", even if his or her condition doesn't rise to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)'s definition, your actions could cause ...
Issue: Most organizations lack formal elder care benefits or policies. Instead, they assist employees by making exceptions to other policies.
Risk: Unless you apply those exceptions fairly, you'll risk complaints ...
In what the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) labels a "landmark" settlement, retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is shelling out nearly $50 million to settle three employment discrimination suits ...
Supervisors have a duty to respond to any employee harassment, but that duty doesn’t stop once you take action the first time. You must remain on constant vigil for additional outbursts, then react immediately to those, too. As a recent ruling shows, courts won’t look kindly on employers, or managers, who stop harassing incidents once, [...]
Issue: Accommodating employees' religious beliefs and practices even though you question their legitimacy.
Risk: You'll waste time (and potentially spark a lawsuit) by challenging a person's religious sincerity.
Action: ...
If your organization employs, or is considering employing, people with so-called "intellectual disabilities," obtain a copy of a new EEOC fact sheet that explains how to legally accommodate those employees under ...
A little-noticed provision in the new tax law will benefit employers who are looking to settle discrimination lawsuits for the lowest possible amount.
Victorious plaintiffs in discrimination cases can now ...
It's common this time of year to receive charitable requests to help schools, the homeless, the needy, etc. The requests may come from outsiders or even among co-workers. Not a problem, ...