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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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L.A. Lousianne, a Los Angeles jazz club, is headed to court after the EEOC filed a lawsuit alleging violations of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
Since fiscal year 2010, the EEOC has collected an average of $42.2 million per year on behalf of sexual harassment victims.
Here’s an important reminder to pass on to supervisors and managers. Don’t comment on a subordinate’s accent or mispronunciation of common words. Doing so can create a hostile environment based on national origin. The same goes for comments about an individual’s ability to hear.
When harassment isn’t obvious in the workplace, the worker who later claims to have been harassed has an obligation to at least complain and tell the aggressor his behavior is unwelcome. Make sure you warn supervisors to guard against such attitudes.
The EEOC has begun arguing that acting against someone who fails to conform to gender stereotypes is a form of sex discrimination.
It is crucial for HR to follow up regularly with a worker who has complained of discrimination to see if she has any possible retaliation to report. Something seemingly as minor as a changed schedule or slightly reduced hours can be grounds for a retaliation lawsuit.
Women are substantially more likely than men to say gender discrimination is a major problem in the technology industry.
A new survey by the Ernst & Young consulting firm found that 32% of men in general feel excluded in the workplace.
Six current and former female employees of New York City’s Plaza Hotel have filed suit, alleging they were subjected to “outrageous and incessant sexual harassment and assault by senior management and their male counterparts” and that hotel owners refused to respond to their complaints.
Before an employee can sue his employer for discrimination, he usually has to show that he was subjected to some sort of adverse employment action. Under the right circumstances, that can include being moved into a position the worker considers demeaning, such as being forced to work for someone he once supervised.
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