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.

Keep an open mind in investigations;
juries will punish 'kangaroo courts'
When investigating a sexual harassment complaint, don't rush to judgment, and don't allow supervisors to sidestep any steps ...
Issue: A poorly worded insurance policy can spark age discrimination lawsuits. Risk: If your policy excludes members of a protected class (age, race, gender, etc.)...
Make sure your severance agreements don't require employees to waive their rights to file a discrimination charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Why? As opposed to a ...
Issue: Former employees can sue if your managers blab about employees' medical conditions to prospective employers. Risk: Ex-employees can file Americans ...
The U.S. Supreme Court opens its new session Oct. 4, but so far, employment issues are taking a back seat to cases ranging from juvenile executions to wine trading. Expect the ...
Issue: Instant messaging, or IM, has become the communication tool of choice in many companies. Risk: Too many employees use IM for unauthorized ...
When in doubt, print it out. That's the message from a recent court decision regarding whether company policies sent via e-mail are valid.
Even though the Labor Department has given ...
It's easy to tell a mail clerk to knock off his harassing comments, but try telling the same thing to your CEO or other top dog. The truth is, though, that ...
Issue: How to notify employees of new employment policies or changes to existing policies. Risk: A new court ruling says that using solely e-mail notification can lead to unwanted legal ...
Probe the fine print on terms and conditions of employee benefits plans and other insurance policies covering employees. And if you're shopping around for new coverage, pay attention to provisions or ...