DISCRIMINATION / HARASSMENT

EEOC sues Minneapolis manufacturer for disability bias

09/17/2014
A Minneapolis conveyor-belt company faces a disability discrimination suit after it allegedly refused to rehire an employee after he had a heart attack.

Tire company puts equal pay dispute in rear-view mirror

09/17/2014
A female HR director delivered St. Cloud-based Royal Tire a kick when she sued the company for an Equal Pay Act violation.

EEOC sues Minneapolis manufacturer for disability bias

09/17/2014
A Minneapolis conveyor-belt company faces a disability discrimination suit after it allegedly refused to rehire an employee after he had a heart attack.

Careful how often you suggest retirement

09/17/2014
Remind bosses: Be careful how you approach discussing potential retirement plans. Asking too often or in a way that’s not business-related may precipitate an age discrimination lawsuit if the employee loses her job or is demoted after such conversations.

Court won't toss case over strict 90-day filing limit

09/17/2014
When the EEOC issues a so-called “right to sue” letter, the recipient has just 90 days to file a federal lawsuit. But courts are increasingly reluctant to dismiss cases filed within a few days of the deadline.

There's rude and then there's harassment: Simple slights won't cost you in court

09/17/2014
Rudeness is likely to sneak into the workplace no matter how many civility rules you post. Unless the behavior is clearly abusive or obviously offensive to a protected class, don’t lose too much sleep over a potential lawsuit.

Slurs followed by firing? Get a lawyer!

09/17/2014
Here’s a surefire way to spur a lawsuit and ensure it goes to trial: Just fire an employee who has been the target of her boss’s racial slurs.

22% of workforce covered by ban on transgender bias

09/10/2014
According to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, which tracks gay-rights issues in the workplace, more than a fifth of U.S. workers will be covered by the Department of Labor’s August announcement that it will interpret prohibitions on sex discrimination in a recent Obama administration executive order to include discrimination based on gender identity and transgender status.

Can workplace cliques be proof of racial discrimination?

09/09/2014
You may think that what employees do in the breakroom or at post-work happy hours is their own business. That could be an expensive mistake.

'Onionhead' religion? Who's crying now?

09/08/2014
Federal law says employees “cannot be forced to participate in a religious activity as a condition of employment.” And while most such lawsuits involve Bibles on desks or crosses around necks, a new religious harassment case centers around vegetables.

Why you need complete records of hiring process

09/05/2014
It’s crucial to keep good records of the hiring process, including tracking applicant experience levels. After all, you never know which applicant will sue, alleging that he was passed over for a discriminatory reason.

Ensure your grooming policies are color blind

09/05/2014
Do you cut slack for some employees when enforcing your grooming policies? If so, there may be a race discrimination lawsuit in your future.

Tell hiring managers: No subjective comments about candidates in notes

09/05/2014
You conduct interviews to help determine who is the best candidate for a position. But every interview carries with it the possibility of a lawsuit.

Employee never applied for promotion? That makes suing you much more difficult

09/05/2014
In most cases, employees seeking a promotion or applicants seeking a new job have to actually apply and then be rejected in order to sue over alleged discrimination. Except in very rare cases—when it is obvious that applying would be futile or when the application process is hidden or informal—an application is a prerequisite for a lawsuit.

Bone-headed boss? Quick stop saves the day

09/05/2014
Sometimes, supervisors say stupid things. How you respond may mean the difference between winning or losing a lawsuit based on those comments.
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