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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J.L. Schwieters faces charges it failed to investigate and stop severe racial harassment that a supervisor allegedly directed at two black carpenters.
A woman who won a jury award against her employer for pregnancy discrimination may end up collecting even more money as punitive damages under a New York City ordinance.
If you are about to punish a worker for poor performance, do a quick self-audit to see if other employees received similar punishment.
Transferring an employee to another position that pays the same and carries the same benefits as the original position is not an adverse employment action.
It happens with disheartening frequency: A manager makes a stupid comment about an employee’s age that—in an HR pro’s worst nightmare—could lead to a nasty lawsuit.
The EEOC has been filing lawsuits contending that employers violate Title VII’s sex discrimination provisions if they discriminate against an applicant or employee because of sexual orientation.
A worker reporting that a supervisor used a racially charged slur is protected from retaliation.
Viewing someone as “weird” or unusual isn’t discriminatory if, in context, the label could apply to either sex.
If you have a worker who has complained about some form of discrimination, think twice before you terminate her.

Q: "We are hiring a Santa Claus to work at our independent retail store. We want our Santa to look as close as possible to the legend that children are used to seeing. Is it illegal to lean toward a white candidate with a white beard as opposed to a black candidate?" - Calvin, Minnesota

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