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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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If you let some employees work from home, allow it for everyone in the same position, under the same terms and conditions. Otherwise, you may find yourself facing a discrimination claim—unless you have concrete, work-related reasons for excluding some employees.

In October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 396 into law, expanding the subjects that must be covered in California’s mandatory sexual harassment training for supervisors.

More than one in three American women—35%—say they have been sexually harassed at work, according to a new survey conducted by Marist University for NPR and PBS.

It’s indisputable that some members of racial, ethnic or other minorities experience discrimination from time to time—and of course, that can affect them at work. However, not every discriminatory act that involves work can be blamed on an employer.

A jury will get to determine if an employer’s perceived preferential treatment of an alleged rapist created a hostile work environment for the female employee who reported the rape.

Be cautious when discussing an employee’s spouse—especially in critical terms! That could lead to charges of discrimination on the basis of marital status.

The EEOC has been told to deemphasize collecting compensation data from employers—but that doesn’t mean it stopped aggressively pursuing Equal Pay Act and Title VII sex discrimination in pay cases.

Under California state law, an em­­ployee can allege a public policy wrongful discharge claim against her employer for some form of discrimination even if she can’t pursue a direct discrimination claim.

A former insurance executive at Thrivent Financial has filed suit in Hennepin County alleging the company discriminated against him because he is black and retaliated against him after he accused a co-worker of racial discrimination.

While some behavior may make others uncomfortable, that doesn’t automatically mean the offended worker has a sexual or other harassment case.

Now’s the time for HR to ask: Is your organization vulnerable to a bombshell complaint? What’s the status of your anti-harassment training—are you just going through the motions?

An employee at a Lowe’s store in Cleburne, Texas claims the home improvement chain violated the ADA when it demoted him from his department manager position and cut his pay.

Is spousal jealousy grounds for firing members of a particular sex? According to a recent federal court case, the answer is no if that jealousy is directed to a group of employees rather than one specific worker.

Lewisville, Texas-based Shepherd Healthcare is being sued by a woman who claims she was fired for refusing to participate in a daily Bible study at work.

Here’s some good news for HR professionals and supervisors trying to manage the workforce: You don’t have to worry that ordinary functions like putting together performance reviews and making hiring and firing decisions will somehow be misconstrued as harassment.

The company that owns the world-famous B&H Photo store in Manhattan has agreed to settle hiring and pay discrimination charges brought by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

Next spring will mark two decades since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers have a responsibility to prevent sexual harassment and, if it does occur, put a stop to it.

With sexual harassment in the news, a ruling handed down last month by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals should worry employers used to avoiding liability by showing that they take reasonable steps to prevent harassment.

The EEOC is suing the parent company of KTVT in Dallas for age discrimination after the station hired a younger, less experienced applicant for a traffic reporter position.

One response to reported sexual harassment is to separate the alleged victim from the alleged harasser. However, if the separation includes a schedule change, the victim may claim that amounted to punishing her for reporting harassment in the first place.

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