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.

THE LAW. Workers' compensation insurance provides compensation to employees for loss of income and for medical payments when they're injured on the job. A state workers' comp law covers most ...
Issue: Programs that scan rÃ??sumÃ??s and applications can speed the hiring process but open you to bias lawsuits.
Risk: Your system could, unknowingly, reject a disproportionate number of applicants from ...
Some managers are reluctant to discipline minority employees or others in "protected" classes. That's not smart, and it can come back to haunt you if you don't discipline all employees evenly. ...
In an effort to stem the tide of companies discontinuing health benefits to retirees, the EEOC has proposed ex-empting retiree health plans from the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).
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Telecommuting is popular with employers and employees. Com-panies with telecommuting programs can realize productivity gains, im-proved morale ...
The EEOC recently slapped a Pennsylvania steel plant with a sexual harassment lawsuit. The alleged crime? It "condoned sexual harassment" by allowing some employees to post erotic pictures, posters and calendars ...
You've got a new reason to take a harder line on sexual banter and crude antics in the workplace. One of the most conservative courts of appeal sent a clear message ...
Issue: A new ruling lowers the bar on what courts consider sexual harassment.
Risk: Allowing "boys to be boys", even if they don't target anyone for abuse, can now cost ...
When it comes to establishing "reasonable accommodations" for disabled employees, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) puts the burden squarely on employees' shoulders to speak up about their needs for accommodation. ...
Issue: With the job market flooded with experienced and skilled people, the temptation rises for hiring managers to use "overqualified" as a weeding-out method.
Risk: Courts could view your use ...