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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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Employers don’t have to create a perfect workplace that’s completely free of harassment. They merely have to respond to reported harassment in a way that’s calculated to stop it fast.
Courts seldom give much weight to complaints about general disrespect, micromanaging supervisors or impossible workloads unless it is quite clear that those conditions are meant to punish protected activity or are reserved for members of a protected class while others aren’t targeted.
Out-of-state entities with the power to dictate a New York employer’s hiring and retention policies take notice: You can be subject to liability under the New York Human Rights Law if you “aid and abet” discrimination against individuals who have a prior criminal conviction, even if you are not the direct employer of those individuals.
A former employee who previously lost a sexual harassment lawsuit against her employer has now lost a bid for a new trial.
Some employees may not realize it, but filing an internal discrimination or harassment complaint doesn’t create immunity to legitimate, unrelated discipline.
It happens all too often: A bully boss yells, berates, pushes and prods older employees more than other staff members. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has concluded that resigning under such circumstances is a reasonable response and amounts to a constructive discharge.
The Texas Supreme Court on June 30 threw out a lower court ruling that said spouses of gay and lesbian public employees are entitled to government-subsidized same-sex marriage benefits.
On average, earnings for disabled employees are more than 30% lower than employees without a disability.
California’s Fair Employment and Housing Council has proposed new regulations that seek to expand and clarify the definition of national origin discrimination.
The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that a long-simmering sex and racial discrimination lawsuit filed by former University of Texas women’s track and field coach Bev Kearney can proceed.
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