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.

Do you require basic literacy for every job? If so, the EEOC may soon be knocking on your door. The agency has just won the right to rifle through an employer’s files for job descriptions to justify a broad literacy requirement.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has paid $20,000 to a former employee at its factory in Fayetteville who claims she was fired because of a medical condition.
No department is immune from sexual harassment—not even HR. And when someone in HR is implicated, that’s a big problem.
Asheville Buncombe Community Chris­­tian Ministry is being sued by the South­­ern Pov­­erty Law Center (SPLC), which claims the ministry illegally refuses to provide some kinds of training to women.
The Comfort Inn Oceanfront South in Nags Head has been charged with religious discrimination after it fired a woman who says her religion forbade her from working on Christmas Eve 2010.
If you suspect an employee has been stealing, you can and should discipline him. You don’t need absolute and irrefutable proof. It’s enough that you reasonably believed he stole.
Make sure managers and supervisors understand that belittling name-calling has no place in the workplace and won’t be tolerated. Bans on obscenity aren’t enough. You must also stop other sexist terms, such as referring to a woman as “Barbie.”

When managers witness or hear about a possible sexual harassment situation at work, it’s important for them to take the situation seriously. It’s vital for managers to contact the appropriate company officials in any potential harassment situations. Don’t be swayed by these common excuses you’ll hear from employees.

Q. We need to cut costs, and have started to explore trimming our staff, starting with those who earn far more than other employees. Are there any dangers in doing so? Can we legally fire a high-earner because of his salary?

A Western Pennsylvania cardiology practice has agreed to settle EEOC sexual harassment charges alleging that its doctors routinely made sexually offensive and debasing comments to women who worked there.