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 know that certain questions are off-limits in a job interview. Just one wrong query, say about a candidate’s marital status or ethnicity, could run afoul of federal sex, age, race, religious, disability or national origin discrimination laws. But what do you do when a candidate volunteers such personal information? It’s too late to pretend [...]
Don't worry about assigning an employee to a job in which she'll need to upgrade her skills, even if that employee previously filed a lawsuit against your organization. Reason: As long ...
You’re often pressed into service to write employment ads for new job openings. But you may not be aware that a few poorly chosen words could open up the organization to a discrimination claim. For example, see if you can recognize the three problems with the following ad: “Waiters/busboys. Looking for energetic, recent H.S. grad [...]
Even if your state or local laws protect employees based
on their "marital status" or "family responsibilities," that
doesn't mean parent/employees can create their own schedule. You can still ...
Managers can learn a lot from other managers’ mistakes. Here are two recent court cases that show how seemingly small errors can come back to hurt the organization:   Don’t go easy on disabled workers. At evaluation time, some supervisors wrongly take the easy way out, glossing over an employee’s poor performance and refusing to [...]
Glass-ceiling lawsuits, in which women or minorities claim they're prevented advancement beyond a certain point, are tough to prove, but not impossible. If an employee can show a pattern of discrimination, ...
While it may be tempting, avoid firing employees in reaction to their in-house complaints or lawsuits, even if you think the charges are without merit. Reason: A jury will likely see ...
THE LAW. Many organizations don't think twice about using independent contractors. They're an attractive labor source because you don't have to shell out payroll taxes or benefits for them, nor are ...
Issue: Some employers want to create male-only or female-only positions, often for privacy reasons.
Risk: You risk a discrimination lawsuit if this policy doesn't have a sound business reason ...
Issue: Welcome new employees with information and support. Benefits: Smoother transition for new hires, improved productivity and reduced turnover. Action: Use the following tips to bring new hires up ...