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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.

Fear of sexual-harassment suits have forced many American leaders to stop touching people. Yet, some top executives, including Jack Welch, still include a pat on the shoulder or a warmer-than-usual handshake among their leadership tools. Here's how to use the power of touch:
Don't make different bathroom-break rules for the different sexes. Case in point: A manufacturer's new factory had only one restroom, which was designed for men. Female employees could use that restroom ...
If you haven't already, establish a policy that says HR and/or other senior executives must review supervisors' termination proposals. The goal: Prevent supervisors from making legally dangerous firings out of anger, ...
Federal law says you must accommodate employees' religious practices or beliefs unless doing so would cause an undue hardship on the employer.
The key question: What's considered an "undue hardship" ...
Issue: Employees' ability to sue your organization expires at different times under different employment laws.
Benefit: A new court ruling says you can set a more-restrictive statute of limitations, at ...
Nearly half of employers say they make employee diversity a competitive selling point for their organizations, according to a new Novations survey of 1,780 HR execs and senior managers.
Still, ...
Issue: You need to occasionally buy training videos/DVDs, but thousands exist and the quality varies greatly.
Benefit: Using a reputable rating service can help you sort out the "Citizen Kanes" ...
Like many employers, you may have legitimate business reasons for hiring bilingual employees. Federal anti-discrimination laws allow you to target bilingual employees, as long as you use their language skills, not ...
Make sure your employee evaluation process includes clear-cut instructions and guidance for managers on how to link performance with compensation.
Reason: A new court decision says that giving employees a ...
Issue: A new Supreme Court ruling ratchets up your vulnerability to federal age-discrimination lawsuits.
Risk: Employees no longer need to show a "smoking gun." Even policies that inadvertently discriminate can ...