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.
With so many qualified people applying for jobs these days, it’s much harder for unsuccessful candidates to win hiring discrimination lawsuits. That’s because employers choosing the best candidate often zero in on one bit of experience or a skill that stands out from other applicants. It’s hard to argue that that’s discrimination.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission—already rocked by allegations of gay-bashing and sexual assault against underage, undercover agents—now faces a sexual harassment lawsuit from one of its officers.
Employers that make it difficult for employees to take breaks or keep a regular schedule may face resistance—and legal claims from disabled workers who need accommodations. But they don’t have to worry about lawsuits from older workers who claim the lack of breaks is age discrimination.
Winston-Salem based Salem Electric Co. has settled charges it discriminated against a black worker when it accused him of being responsible for breaking a number of light fixtures the company was supposed to install.
Some employees seem to believe that every medical problem is a disability that requires accommodation. That’s not true. Employees aren’t disabled unless their condition substantially limits a major life function. If the only effect is an inability to perform a specific job—not a class of jobs—the employee isn’t disabled and doesn’t have to be accommodated.
Philadelphia-based Imperial Security will pay $50,000 to settle EEOC charges it discriminated against a woman and fired her because of her religious attire.
Q. When, if ever, can our company legally ask an applicant about his or her religious affiliation?
A former Lovejoy High School girls basketball coach has filed a lawsuit against the Lovejoy Independent School District alleging that administrators discriminated against her on the basis of her age, race and gender.
Before you authorize hiring or promoting a candidate who doesn’t meet the minimum requirements for the position, consider the potential for litigation. The fact is, if an employee or applicant who does meet the requirements belongs to a different protected class than the worker who got the job, you could wind up facing a lawsuit.
Thomasville City Schools will pay $25,000 and provide age discrimination training to key personnel under a settlement agreement with a would-be school principal and the EEOC.