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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After investigating a workplace incident but before making a final decision, consider hiring a neutral investigator to assess what really happened.
An employee could become so agitated that she develops an anxiety disorder that requires a reasonable accommodation—such as separating the harasser from her.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court has concluded that the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act may include an unpaid intern as a covered employee under the act.
AARP, the seniors’ advocacy group, is suing the EEOC to stop it from issuing rules that clarify how workplace wellness programs align with federal anti-discrimination laws.
Before you decide to change the reason why you discharged a worker, consider the possible impact of a potential lawsuit.

As illustrated by recent headlines and high-profile allegations, sexual harassment is still a high-profile issue in American workplaces.

More than two-thirds of Americans favor a federal law that would prohibit workplace discrimination against gay and transgender people.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority has fired Executive Director Vincent Finerty, Jr., after sexual harassment charges came to light.
St. Vincent’s Health Center, owner of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Erie, Pa., faces an EEOC religious discrimination lawsuit after it fired six employees who refused on religious grounds to receive flu vaccinations.
The EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan for the next five years includes a new focus on what the commission calls the “complex employment relationships and structures in the 21st century workplace.”
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