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.
The EEOC and Minnesota Department of Human Rights are the agencies primarily responsible for making sure employers comply with discrimination laws. When an applicant or employee files a discrimination charge in Minnesota, either agency or both will investigate.
When employees say stupid things, take some small comfort: Not every stray comment will be grounds for a successful lawsuit.
When an employee files a sex discrimination lawsuit alleging unequal pay for equal work, the employer merely needs to show that the reason for the discrepancy is something other than sex.
Sometimes, it takes a while for management to make changes in schedules and duty assignments after a promotion or transfer. A reasonable delay—even if it results in some loss of pay—isn’t considered an adverse employment action or serious enough to win a discrimination lawsuit.
Worried an employee won’t fit into a department dominated by members of a protected class? Watch out! A court might decide “fitting in” is code for bias.
Employees who have been sexually harassed or experienced other forms of discrimination over several years may be able to rely on the so-called continual violation doctrine to extend the period of time they have to sue.
Romantic relationships at work can spark all sorts of problems, from sexual harassment claims to discrimination. But not every negative consequence of a workplace romance is grounds for litigation, even if one or both paramours ends up being fired.
Lesbian former employee sued saying she had been harassed because of her sexual orientation and fired in retaliation for complaining about it.
For the first time in more than 40 years, the U.S. Department of Labor has issued new sex discrimination regulations for federal contractors.
Some disabilities make it difficult for employees to arrive on time. In those cases, it’s entirely possible that the disability simply can’t be accommodated.