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.

When one of your employees becomes seriously ill, you face two major challenges at once: understanding the emotions of the employee and other co-workers, while making sure that the necessary work still gets done.
Monitoring employees with video cameras probably doesn't violate employee privacy rights, but employers should make sure they don't step over the line of reasonable privacy concerns, such as monitoring dressing rooms ...
Issue: Employers often set new hires' wages, in part, based on salaries at previous jobs.
Risk: A new court ruling says you could run afoul of the Equal Pay Act ...

When facing a discrimination claim filed with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, it makes sense for employers to try to settle as early as possible, before the agency holds hearings and files an opinion ...

Executive misconduct costs organizations an average of $900,000 a year: more than six times the cost of manager misbehavior. Harassment and other gender-related misconduct lead the list. So, what do you do?
“I’m pregnant.” For many managers, hearing those words from an employee may bring mixed emotions. You may be happy for the employee personally, but worried about the resulting implications for scheduling, employee retention and leave issues. Another issue to consider: the potential legal pitfalls. Both federal and state laws provide pregnant employees with special rights [...]
When faced with a disabled employee, you must actively negotiate possible accommodations in good faith. That may seem obvious, but employers are constantly ...
Make sure your hiring managers understand that customer preference should play no part in their hiring decisions. Applicants' race, age, sex or religion ...
Issue: If an employee believes a boss's order is illegal, she can refuse to do it. And you can't punish her for that defiance.
Risk: You could run afoul of ...
Retaliating against employees for filing harassment complaints is an obvious no-no. But that doesn't mean employees automatically earn a "Do not touch" label ...