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Discrimination / Harassment

A kiss to get your paycheck? Prepare to pay much more

The owner of an Illinois pharmacy is facing a lawsuit that claims her employees “had to line up and kiss her on the mouth as a prerequisite to receive their paychecks.”

Real communication problem … or ethnic bias?

It’s essential to guard against even the appearance of bias during every step of the hiring process.

5 trends shaped employment law in 2018

Five key trends defined the employment law landscape in 2018 according to the Seyfarth Shaw law firm’s 15th annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report.

California employers face new #MeToo environment

New laws are changing the way California employers must resolve sexual harassment claims. In addition to requiring more training on sexual harassment, two new statutes took effect on Jan. 1.

One incident won’t create a hostile environment

Employees claiming a hostile work environment must show that a reasonable employee would have found the environment intolerable. One incident isn’t enough.

Joint employer along with other entities? You could be on the hook for discrimination

Sometimes, an employee has several employers at the same time. Each of those entities may be held liable if the employee suffers unlawful discrimination.

Tell bosses: No badmouthing ex-employees

Remind supervisors and managers after they have terminated someone: Be careful about how you handle inquiries from prospective employers of your former employee.

New law requires more sexual harassment training

California was one of the first states to mandate sexual harassment training in the workplace. But the law only mandated regular training for supervisors at large companies. All that changed on Jan. 1, when Senate Bill 1343 went into effect.

Fed contractor settles, was accused of hiring bias

To settle allegations of systemic hiring discrimination, Coastal International Security, Inc. agreed to pay $409,947 in back wages, plus interest.

Only man on the job? That doesn’t prove discrimination

Being the only male among a group of female employees is not enough to win a sex discrimination lawsuit.