Uber skids into sexual harassment ditch

Since February, ride-hailing colossus Uber has been roiled by accusations that its corporate culture condones rampant sexual harassment. The $70 billion company’s missteps since then have more closely resembled a train wreck than a safe and smooth ride home.

EEOC sends Brooklyn educator back to school on sex bias

The chief executive officer of Special Education Associates, a Brooklyn provider of education services for developmentally delayed pre-school children, cost the firm $57,000 for his attempt to woo a job applicant.

Document that you held anti-harassment training

It’s easier to defeat sexual harassment lawsuits if you have a robust anti-harassment policy and let employees know exactly how to use it. The key is to prove that the worker knew about the policy but failed to use it.

It's simple: No comments ever about employee's religion or religious practices

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated a lawsuit against a bank based on a manager’s frequent comments to a Muslim employee that she should remove her hijab.

Big bucks for harassment, plus attorneys' fees

A New York State appeals court has concluded that a state trooper who suffered sexual harassment over a period of almost 15 years is entitled to more than just the usual damages. Her attorneys’ fees will be paid separately, leaving the jury award intact for the trooper alone.

English-only rule must have legit business purpose

Two cashiers at a Forever 21 retail store in California were allegedly forbidden to speak Spanish at work and then threatened with termination for filing a discrimination complaint.

Yank a job offer due to pregnancy? That'll be $100k

A woman who was offered an insurance job asked about maternity benefits because she was pregnant. Minutes later, she received an email revoking the offer.

Sticky notes = sticky problem: Keep ageist opinions off applications

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.

Never assume pregnant employee can't work

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.

KKK hoods lead to settlement in Houston retaliation case

Downhole Technologies in Houston will pay $120,000 to settle charges it retaliated against a black employee after he complained of harassment.

$150k for the hair on his chinny, chin, chin

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.

Document performance to beat bias claims

When a fired employee claims he was the victim of discrimination, be prepared to show that the real reason for termination was poor performance. That requires keeping detailed documentation of any work deficiencies.

Beware rescinding religious accommodation! You will probably have to explain why in court

Employers should carefully document the process by which they deny or approve a religious accommodation. In particular, granting a request and then deciding to revoke it later may make it more difficult to defend in court.

Lawsuit: Flight attendants harassed for union roles

An American Airlines flight attendant based in Philadelphia and a colleague from North Carolina are suing, claiming the airline failed to police online forums and Facebook pages it controls, permitting other employees to harass the women for their union activities.

Palo Alto firm pays big to settle discrimination charges

Palantir Technologies in Palo Alto has agreed to settle charges it discriminated against Asian applicants who sought engineering positions at the tech firm.
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