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Discrimination / Harassment

Ensure young supervisors understand risk of age bias

When young managers supervise older subordinates, the age differential can set up generational conflicts that cause legal trouble for employers. Prevent potential age bias claims by making sure all supervisors understand their responsibilities under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Telework may bring more harassment, not less

Home may not be the safe space many imagined a year ago. Remote workers experience more workplace harassment, not less, according to a new survey by the nonprofit Project Include.

It’s time to scrap pay-secrecy policies

Traditionally, employers have tried to keep a lid on compensation-related discord by asking employees not to discuss pay. To some extent, that’s just the way it’s always been. But today, no-talk-about-pay rules are under legal assault, challenged for violating the law and helping perpetuate income inequality.

Shootings shine spotlight on anti-AAPI bias

Mass murders last month at Atlanta-area massage parlors highlighted the growing threat of violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The EEOC quickly issued a statement condemning the violence—and foreshadowing greater enforcement against those who harass members of the AAPI community.

Now is the time to get in front of the coming pay-equity wave

Closing the wage gap between women and men is emerging as one of today’s most pressing workplace challenges. Smart employers are planning for a post-pandemic future in which there is greater wage parity between women and men.

EEOC cracks down on teen worker harassment

Many teenagers find their first jobs at fast-food or sit-down restaurant chains. Unfortunately, that kind of work often comes with a side of sexual harassment. The EEOC wants to stop that rite of passage.

Prepare for the onslaught of COVID ‘tag-along’ claims

A former manager at a New York ice cream shop filed a lawsuit alleging that he was fired in retaliation for speaking up about instances of sexual harassment and unsafe COVID-19 workplace protocols at the company. The “and” is vitally important.

Assure gender equity by assessing your operations

The Biden administration is signaling it is serious about addressing pay disparities between women and men in the workplace. A White House executive order issued March 8 established a Gender Policy Council to help combat systemic, gender-based bias and harassment.

Document why hiring committee was overruled

Having a group of employees interview job applicants is a great way to identify the best candidates. But a would-be supervisor may disagree with a hiring committee’s candidate recommendation. If that happens, be sure to document exactly why he or she rejected the committee’s choice.

Snapshot: EEOC charges continue to decline

The number of EEOC charges fell again in Fiscal Year 2020, continuing a decade-long trend.