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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A black General Electric employee has sued the multinational conglomerate for $50 million, alleging she was the victim of race and sex discrimination while working for GE Electric in Schenectady.
Countless employees juggle both work and caregiving responsibilities, which may extend beyond caring for children to caring for parents or other elderly family members or relatives with disabilities. Here are some of the most common stereotypes associated with employees with caregiving responsibilities, as well as the illegal employment actions in which they can manifest.
WirelessCom, a small San Jose re­­seller of phone services, will pay $97,000 to settle a sexual harassment complaint filed by a then-19-year-old employee.

It’s great that you have a hostile work environment policy in place and cover it in your training. But none of that will do you much good if supervisors remain oblivious. If hostile acts occur despite your policy, it won’t provide much protection. That’s why you must be proactive.

The EEOC has great power and considerable autonomy when investigating employers. But that doesn’t mean the commission has carte blanche to do whatever it wants. In fact, courts have recently issued rulings that place significant curbs on some EEOC practices.

Most people want to do meaningful, satisfying work. But many jobs are just routine, boring and not particularly inspiring. Employers have no obligation to provide a perfectly harmonious workplace in which everyone is satisfied and fulfilled.

Employees must file an EEOC complaint before suing their employer over most forms of federally prohibited discrimination. Generally, any claims not included in the complaint don’t count. However, don’t assume that the only parts of the complaint form that matter are the checkmark boxes listing various forms of discrimination.

New Braunfels-based mobility aids retailer The Scooter Store has settled a disability discrimination suit with the former manager of a store in New York. The manager claimed the store fired him after he requested a leave of absence to care for his psoriatic arthritis.
Here’s a reminder for all supervisors and managers: Tell them they must spring into action immediately if an employee reports some form of sexual assault. There’s no waiting allowed—not even one day. Otherwise, a repeat performance the next day may create liability.
There’s one or two in every workplace: a first-level supervisor who yells and screams at everyone. Bullying probably isn’t the best way to get the most out of employees, but that doesn’t make it illegal.
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