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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Employees who testify in an internal investigation, an agency in­­vestigation or in court are protected from retaliation whether or not they belong to the same protected classification as the employee whose case their testimony supports.
The current owners of Angelo’s Pizza in Rouse’s Point on Lake Cham­­plain will pay $35,000 to seven former female employees to settle sexual har­­assment charges dating back to the time of its previous owners.
There is a fine line between a rational discussion of cultural differences and stereotyping. If you are tempted to educate employees on appropriate workplace behavior, stick with a straightforward description of what behaviors you want to see, not how they differ from other cultural norms.
Worried that a supervisor’s isolated, ill-advised comment about a subordinate’s cooperation in a discrimination case will mean an automatic win if the employee sues for retaliation? It’s not a sure thing.
You simply never know which employee will sue for discrimination. Your best defense is to consistently treat all employees equally. Make all your workers follow all your workplace rules all the time.
The EEOC received 93,727 charges in fiscal year 2013, a 5.7% decrease compared to 2012. However, retaliation charges grew for the eighth straight year.
Employees in this day and age often want or need to keep working despite advancing age. If you force out those workers, you’re asking for trouble.
Earlier, we reported on a case that concluded a high-stress environment isn’t grounds for quitting. It’s back.
Co-workers can and do get into arguments with other employees and may say things that are downright offensive. But courts expect employees to have relatively thick skins, at least when the perceived harassment is coming from co-workers and not a supervisor.
When an employee promises not to sue for age discrimination and accepts money in exchange for that promise, he can revoke that agreement unless it contains some very specific language. But the revocation can only apply to the age discrimination claims, not others. Those remain settled.
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