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.

Issue: The danger of telling employees "Don't bother reading that; it probably doesn't apply to you." Risk: Courts may view your action as a cover-up, sparking ...
Issue: A court ruling said sitcom writers have a "creative necessity" to engage in overtly sexual banter.
Risk: While the TV network was allowed to use this defense in a ...
Issue: Following correct protocol when investigating harassment complaints. Risk: Courts will slap organizations with big punitive damage awards ...
When you're trying to work out job accommodations with disabled employees, they may ask to bring others into the discussion. Must you allow this? No, according ...
Re-examine your absence policy, paying special attention to identify clauses that attach varying conditions on whom the policy applies to and when it applies.
Plaintiffs' attorneys and courts will poke ...
Federal anti-discrimination law says you must offer reasonable accommodations to employees' "sincerely held religious beliefs or practices," as long as the accommodation wouldn't place an undue hardship on your organization. But ...
Issue: How to handle harassing behavior by your organization's top dogs. Risk: Going easy on them will come back to haunt you; courts hold higher-ups to a higher standard than ...
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 ...