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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Recently, Express Jet Airways placed a Muslim flight attendant on unpaid leave after she refused to serve alcohol during flights.
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler says he takes “full responsibility” for the botched hiring of Norwood Teague as the university’s athletic director. Teague resigned Aug. 7 after admitting he sexually harassed two administrators at a university leadership event.
The owners of New York City-based Strategic Legal Staffing were apparently surprised to learn how litigious lawyers can be. The legal temp agency found out the hard way when it allegedly rejected a job candidate after learning she was 70 years  old.
San Antonio-based Taprite Fassco has settled gender, disability and retaliation charges leveled by a female quality control employee. Taprite Fassco manufactures carbon dioxide regulators for soda and beer dispensers.
Before terminating someone who is disabled, make sure that you don’t inadvertently create a reason for them to sue you.
Just as supervisors aren’t allowed to harass subordinates, subordinates aren’t allowed to harass bosses.
It’s a violation of California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act for a supervisor to use an employee’s sexuality as a vehicle for making work life miserable. That’s true even if it wasn’t motivated by sexual desire. Bullying someone through sexual threats is sexual harassment.
We’ve said it before: Document every disciplinary action and be specific. The employer in this case won because it had excellent contemporaneous records to explain its disciplinary action.

Treating an applicant rudely or making snap judgments can mean ending up in court, trying to defend against charges of race or other perceived discrimination. Here’s a case you can use as an example of how not to greet an applicant even if you are sure he won’t be hired.

Just because religion was mentioned at work doesn’t mean you will lose a religious harassment lawsuit.
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