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Discrimination / Harassment

EEOC touts #MeToo year of accomplishments

The EEOC began fiscal year 2018 last fall, just as the #MeToo movement began calling out workplace sexual harassment. It marked the start of a productive year for the commission.

Facebook, Google end harassment-arbitration rules

Under pressure from employees, a pair of tech giants—Facebook and Google—revised their policies last month to make private arbitration a choice (rather than a requirement) in employee sexual harassment claims.

Employment law update: Harassment training, Labor Class protections

Final statewide sexual harassment policy and training guidelines have finally been issued in New York, and the rules differ significantly in several important ways. Plus, more civil service employees now have job protection.

Special oversight OK for disabled employees who telecommute

It’s OK to set slightly different conditions for two kinds of telecommuters, such as requiring tighter monitoring for disabled workers.

Beat bias lawsuits by showing you enforce attendance rules fairly and impartially

Courts like to see employers use fair, business-related reasons for discipline. A neutral no-fault attendance policy, applied evenhandedly to all workers in the same job classification, is very likely to stand up in court.

Contractors can sue for bystander retaliation

If employees say something when they witness sexual harassment, a corporate culture that tolerates sexual harassment will begin to change. But what happens if an independent contractor or temporary worker reports witnessing sexual harassment? Is he or she protected from retaliation?

IBM could be facing two big age bias lawsuits

Tech giant IBM faces a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of three former employees who claim they were terminated in violation of the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act and similar state laws.

EEOC inquiries up 30% in FY 2018

The EEOC fielded 30% more inquiries from the public in fiscal year 2018, which ended Sept. 30.

One year later, what employers can do to address #MeToo

#MeToo and concern over sexual harassment in the workplace continues to be a hot topic. To protect your organization, consider taking these actions.

Minor benefits discrepancies can trigger EPA lawsuit

Make sure all employees receive the same benefits if they perform jobs re­­­quiring the same skill, effort and respon­­­sibility. If men and women doing comparable work are treated differently, that may be an Equal Pay Act violation.