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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.

Issue: Courts will frown on "rubber-stamped" discipline against an employee who has complained of harassment. Risk: You can be implicated as part of an internal "conspiracy" to retaliate. Action: ...
If you’re ever hauled into court to testify in a case against our organization, what you say, and how you say it, can sink our defense or make our arguments float. And don’t forget: More than your credibility as a manager may be on trial; you could be held personally liable for your actions, if [...]

Not every comment about a person's appearance rises to the level of sexual harassment.

A key part of the new FCRA law (mentioned on the bottom of page 3) bears good news for employers: You no longer need to notify employees suspected of workplace misconduct that they are targets of a third-party investigation.

I am one of three owners in a small business. We're concerned about the impact of a disability on one of us. What are the possible tax ramifications if we buy disability insurance on the lives of all three business owners to fund a disability buyout? How do we structure the arrangement to benefit from lower capital gains taxes?

Typically, employees need to show some pattern of discriminatory comments or behavior to carry a sex discrimination charge in court. But, as the following case proves, one stray remark that occurs ...
The incidence of diabetes in the United States is rising. More than
17 million people over age 20 are diagnosed with diabetes, so you face a good chance of having ...
Issue: The Staten Island Ferry crash in October raised the issue of when you can investigate employees' prescription use. Risk: You could spark an ADA suit by asking too many ...
Issue: Done right, your job application is a great tool to collect applicant information and communicate key data about your organization. Risk: Unnecessary questions can run you afoul of federal ...
It's not impossible to discipline employees who complain of discrimination. They're not untouchable. Just make sure you can show that the discipline flows from objective performance factors, not retaliation.
Still, ...