That’s a trick question. The answer is none. Still, courts hear it all the time. “We’re an exception to harassment/discrimination laws because … We’re in a gritty industry …We’re doctors …. We have an extra-friendly workplace.” Whatever. One company just wrote a $1.5 million check trying that defense. It doesn’t work in 2008.
Case In Point: A group of black employees complained that they were subjected to racial harassment from co-workers at a power plant construction project in Massachusetts. The workers complained of racist graffiti, demeaning language and having their tools stolen.
The employees complained to the on-site projectteam. But no action was taken and the graffiti was allowed to remain. Then it got worse. The complainers soon faced retaliation and eventually were fired.
The black employees filed a race discrimination and retaliation claim with the EEOC. The employer trie...(register to read more)