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.
Title VII requires an employer to reasonably accommodate an employee whose sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance conflicts with a work requirement, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship. If you are planning to reject an employee’s request for a shift change as a religious accommodation, you must be able to support the claim of hardship with facts.
Some employees wrongly assume that discrimination must be to blame if someone doing the same work earns more than they do. But even under the Equal Pay Act, employers are allowed to value employees with more highly specific skills and experience.
One of the most dangerous smartphone functions (from the employer perspective) is also one of the simplest: sending text messages. Considering the rise in harassment claims based on texts, employers should develop policies addressing textual harassment in the workplace.
Questioning the capabilities of a person in a wheelchair is almost a guaranteed lawsuit. Case in point:
The ADEA protects employees age 40 and over from age discrimination in all aspects of employment. That means employers must be alert for signs of age discrimination in application processes, hiring and firing decisions, promotion and demotion assignments and all terms and conditions of employment, including the possibility of age harassment.
As a manager, you must consider that some individuals may have lost (or never had) a sense of humor and would not appreciate a joke made at their expense. Humor in the workplace has often resulted in decidedly not-so-funny claims of harassment and defamation ...
Q. What is the final rule that the EEOC issued regarding the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)?
Title VII prevents religious discrimination in the workplace. That means accommodating different religious beliefs, including those not tied to traditional religions. Religious discrimination lawsuits usually arise from conflicts over work schedules, dress codes for safety that bump up against religious practices, and First Amendment complaints.
Not every pregnancy is the same and not every pregnant woman can perform her job right up until she goes into labor. Because there is so much variability and because women are protected from pregnancy discrimination, it’s crucial to consider each case individually.
National origin discrimination is prohibited under Title VII. It forbids bias based on physical, linguistic or cultural traits associated with a national origin group. Among the specific areas that often trigger employee lawsuits on national origin are English-only rules, ethnic jokes and slurs, and stereotyping.