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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Not every terminated employee sues, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared. If you fire someone for breaking a rule, note which one.
Sparks Steakhouse in Midtown Man­­hattan will pay $600,000 to settle a same-sex harassment lawsuit that alleged the upscale eatery did nothing to stop a male manager from groping waiters.
The former head of the Brooklyn-based Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union is suing the financial institution, claiming he was fired because he refused to follow its policy: hiring only workers of Polish descent.
There’s no state or federal law that requires work to be easy or fun. As long as managers treat employees alike—without regard to race, age, sex or other protected characteristic, and don’t otherwise violate the law—they can be as unpleasant as they want.
The National Basketball Association faces a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by a woman who was once a senior account executive for the league.

Employee lawsuits that appear out of nowhere often involve some form of alleged discrimination against someone who believes he was disciplined more harshly than other employees. That’s one reason you should routinely track all discipline.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could answer a crucial question when an employee who is a member of a protected class alleges retaliation: Must he prove his protected status was the sole motive for retaliation, or can it be just one of many possible reasons?
The fear of being sued became a self-fulfilling prophecy for Collin De Rham, a screenwriter for the hit cable series “Mad Men,” and his wife after they fired the nanny who cared for their young child.
When posting job openings, don’t focus solely on educational re­­quirements. Instead, be sure to clarify that job experience is also required—and provide specific examples.
A federal judge has ordered AA Foun­­dries to take steps to stop workplace racial harassment after the San Antonio manufacturer lost a lawsuit filed by the EEOC. A jury awarded $200,000 to three black employees who accused a plant superintendent of routine racial harassment.
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