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It’s sad but true: Disabled people are sometimes the butt of jokes at work. Whether the disability is obvious or the disabled employee lets co-workers know about his condition, you can expect somebody to say something inappropriate. Of course, some comments might be good-natured teasing. That doesn’t mean you should tolerate it.

Debra Ring thought her chances for advancement at Roto-Rooter were just a pipe dream, and now she’s suing the national plumbing chain. The Cincinnati woman, who alleges that Roto-Rooter has a “tangible glass ceiling” that limits advancement for women, has filed a class-action lawsuit claiming the company systematically discriminates against women.

It comes as a bolt out of the blue: The Florida Commission on Human Relations notifies you that there’s “reasonable cause” to believe retaliation was the reason a female employee lost out on a promotion to a male co-worker. But it was a clean promotion process! How did this happen? As it turns out, this is the “cat’s paw” doctrine at work.

Q. I always thought that mortgage loan officers were exempt professional employees. Now I heard otherwise. Are mortgage loan officers exempt from the FLSA overtime requirements?
Your best employees are probably eager for promotions. But when only one slot is open, promotions often leave several well-qualified candidates disappointed. To keep disappointment from leading to lawsuits, consider offering career coaching for those employees who didn’t make the cut.

Employees sometimes get angry if they’re implicated when a co-worker complains about alleged discrimination. They may retaliate by ostracizing the complainer. But that’s not enough to hold the company liable for retaliation—as long as it never knew about the problem.

As the name clearly implies, the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) makes it illegal to discriminate against women who are pregnant. But it doesn’t mean pregnant employees are entitled to special privileges. In fact, the PDA merely makes clear that employers must treat pregnant employees the same way they treat every other employee.

Employers can use no-fault attendance policies as a way to control absenteeism. There’s no doubt about the effectiveness of no-fault programs, which allow a certain number of unexcused absences without any documentation, and then punish employees who go beyond allowable limits. But before you fire an employee for breaking your absenteeism rules, carefully consider whether he is eligible for FMLA leave.

Q. Do we have to pay our mortgage loan officers overtime for any hours worked over 40 in a week?
Management consulting giant Accenture faces a class-action lawsuit over its use of background checks on job applicants. The suit, filed in New York, alleges Accenture’s policy of background checks has a disparate impact on minorities.