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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.

Before firing anyone, ask yourself the following seven questions. If you answer “Yes” to any, your risk of sparking a lawsuit rises greatly, so contact your HR department before proceeding with a termination. Question Yes No 1. Is the employee over age 40? 2. Is the employee disabled in any way? 3. Has the employee [...]

Good news: You no longer have to notify employees suspected of workplace misconduct that they are targets of third-party investigations. Congress recently altered the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) ...

Last-chance agreements are signed pacts between employers and employees that provide workers accused of serious misconduct one last chance to shape up. They're common in cases involving alcohol abuse, drug abuse ...
A female supervisor repeatedly complimented a female customer service rep on her choice of jewelry, clothing and hairstyle. The rep sued, alleging the constant comments were harassing and constituted a hostile ...
Unfortunately, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) doesn't come with a laundry list of conditions that qualify as disabilities. So what about attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ...
The Supreme Court agreed last month to clarify a vexing question about employer liability in sexual harassment cases: Do employees who quit and then claim harassment possess the same rights as ...
Issue: The longer an employee stays out on workers' comp, the less likely he or she is to return to work. Risk: Higher workers' comp and associated medical costs; plus ...
Your organization can defend itself against race discrimination lawsuits in many ways, but a recent ruling illustrates how three excuses will flop in court ...
Issue: Even one offhand remark, if timed just right, can spell "discrimination." Risk: Years of diligence in preventing discrimination among managers can go up in smoke instantly. Action: Advise ...

Good news: Your organization no longer has to notify employees suspected of workplace misconduct that they are targets of third-party investigations. That's because Congress recently reauthorized the Fair Credit Reporting Act ...