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.

A 54-year-old supervisor's management duties were handed to a 48-year-old employee. The supervisor sued under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. A federal appeals court tossed out the case. Court's reason: ...
Issue: How to meet your "interactive process" requirement with disabled employees to create accommodations.
Benefit: You can reject an employee's accommodation request if the worker doesn't cooperate in the interactive ...
Issue: Retaliation complaints by employees doubled in the past decade.
Risk: Even if you escape liability on an initial employment lawsuit, you could be smacked with a secondary retaliation charge. ...
Issue: Written "last-chance agreements" give poor-performing employees one final opportunity to shape up. Risk: Some fear that last-chance pacts will violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Action: Go ...
Issue: How to follow Americans with Disabilities Act rules requiring an "interactive process" with disabled employees.
Benefit: You can reject an accommodation request if the employee won't cooperate in the ...
Issue: How to avoid the often-overlooked liabilities of using interns in your workplace. Risk: Courts view interns the same as employees, as "agents" of your organization. Plus, you face extra ...
Your organization can defend itself against race discrimination lawsuits in many ways, but a recent ruling illustrates how three excuses will flop in court ...
Issue: The longer an employee stays out on workers' comp, the less likely he or she is to return to work. Risk: Higher workers' comp and associated medical costs; plus ...

Good news: Your organization no longer has to notify employees suspected of workplace misconduct that they are targets of third-party investigations. That's because Congress recently reauthorized the Fair Credit Reporting Act ...

Issue: Even one offhand remark, if timed just right, can spell "discrimination." Risk: Years of diligence in preventing discrimination among managers can go up in smoke instantly. Action: Advise ...