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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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Here’s an important reminder to pass along to your organization’s supervisors: While pregnant employees who experience complications may be temporarily disabled and entitled to reasonable accommodations, never assume an employee has limitations just because she is pregnant.
By now, managers and HR reps probably know to avoid writing anything on applications or résumés that could be interpreted as discriminatory based on race, sex, religion, age or disability. It’s also unwise to attach sticky notes that imply bias.
Downhole Technologies in Houston will pay $120,000 to settle charges it retaliated against a black employee after he complained of harassment.
In the world of controversial show host Bill O’Reilly, personal responsibility has given way to excuses and coddling, prompting the question: Where is good, old-fashioned comeuppance when it is needed? In O’Reilly’s case, we now have an answer to that question.
U.S. Tubular Steel Products in Houston will pay a former applicant $150,000 in damages after it refused to accommodate his religious beliefs during a pre-employment drug test.
Courts are currently working out whether discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is sex discrimination under Title VII. However, that’s not the only way to challenge anti-gay bias.
Palantir Technologies in Palo Alto has agreed to settle charges it discriminated against Asian applicants who sought engineering positions at the tech firm.
The owners of 13 Italian restaurants in Chicago have agreed to pay $1.9 million to settle an EEOC class-action suit alleging they routinely refused to hire black job applicants.
If an employee complains about discrimination, make sure any subsequent discipline is well justified. Sudden discipline against a worker whose record was previously clean can be viewed as retaliation.
The wage gap between men and women is established early in workers’ careers and increases “considerably” in the first 20 years of their working lives, according to new research published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
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