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.

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Q: You must occasionally talk tough to employees who underperform, act unruly or act in other ways that can hurt the organization. But how can you be forceful without unintentionally using insensitive speech that invites a harassment complaint or, even worse, a lawsuit? A: It’s more important than ever for you to walk that fine […]
Issue: Can you encourage employees to report on-the-job harassment from union organizers? Risk: Your efforts may be viewed as an illegal union-busting ...
Now would be a good time to review your organization's hiring, firing, promotion and pay policies for any hint of gender-based differences. Reason: The big Wal-Mart sex discrimination lawsuit that hit ...
The business-etiquette columnist (aka Judith Martin) argues that casual business environments have all but destroyed formality in the workplace, with potentially disastrous results for you as a leader. Some examples:
Issue: Courts are seeing a spike in discrimination claims involving people of the same race.
Risk: Some supervisors wrongly ignore same-race complaints, believing, for example, that "blacks can't discriminate against ...
If you're involved in termination decisions, don't always take supervisors' comments at face value. Consider doing your own investigation before taking action. Your goal is to independently verify the information you're ...
Issue: Whether employees who resign have the same right to file harassment lawsuits as those who are fired. Risk/benefit: A new Supreme Court ruling says "Yes," quitters can sue. But ...
Remind managers never to base employment decisions on how they believe employees would act based on their gender, race, religion or disability. Make sure managers focus solely on the performance itself, ...
Ever since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) took effect a dozen years ago, hiring managers have walked a legal tightrope in job interviews. ADA’s basic message is that you can’t ask pre-employment questions that could reveal the applicant’s disability. But the law sets different rules for different stages of the hiring process, including: Pre-offer. […]