Custodial aide cleans up after equal pay complaint

The Montevideo, Minn. School District has settled an equal pay discrimination suit with the EEOC for $50,000.

Minor deviation from layoff procedures? Courts unlikely to consider that discrimination

Of course you should always strive to follow your internal policies and procedures to the letter. That doesn’t mean you need to panic if you discover that someone unintentionally deviated from your standard practice.

Harassment investigations: What to ask

When investigating an employee’s complaint of harassment—sexual or otherwise—tailor your inquiries to the facts of that case.

Allegations of discrimination? Consider transfer

Sometimes, the best thing an employ-er can do is to offer a transfer to an employee who has complained about alleged discriminatory conduct.

Boss's stray comment isn't enough to prove national origin discrimination

Sometimes, supervisors get frustrated with difficult employees. That’s when they may say something in the heat of an argument that they later regret.

Watch out for suits claiming NYCHRL violation: They're much easier for employees to win

It is far easier for an employee to argue that he has been a victim of discrimination under New York City’s anti-bias law than under federal law.

Prepare to prove firing wasn't retaliation

If an employee complained about a supervisor’s actions, make sure the supervisor can’t manipulate the disciplinary process to punish the worker.

EEOC doesn't dig NYC excavation firm's harassment

The EEOC has sued the Laquila Group alleging it tolerated racial harassment of black employees and retaliated against at least one who complained.

Complaints against McDonald's bring EEOC into joint-employer fight

A new front has opened in the war to determine if McDonald’s, along with its franchisees, is liable as a joint employer for employment law violations.

Unless you're a church, beware religious training

Think twice before requiring workers to participate in religiously oriented training. It may violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Reviews ran behind schedule? That's not enough to justify a lawsuit

Some employees seem to think they are owed a workplace that is perfectly fair and equitable all the time. Sadly, perfection isn’t possible.

Employee alleges bias against customers? Treat it like every other discrimination complaint

When an employee is disciplined or otherwise punished for complaining that her employer is discriminating against certain customers, she can sue—and quite possibly win a large financial award.

Ensure early-out incentives are equitable

Often before an employer implements a reduction in force, it may try to encourage employees to resign or retire by offering early-out incentives.

Rejecting candidates, then leaving positions unfilled can trigger discrimination claims

If you reject a qualified candidate but leave the position open while still seeking someone with similar qualifications, that’s an open invitation to be sued for discrimination.

There are pay suits and discrimination suits, but they're not necessarily the same

Employees who file EEOC suits can’t go back years with pay claims unless they can show some sort of continuing violation.  Merely having complained for years—even decades—about unfair pay isn’t enough.
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