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4 steps to stamp out anti-LGBT discrimination

Priority No. 1: Make sure everyone in your organization understands that you will not tolerate any form of anti-gay discrimination or harassment.

Be alert for persistent racist threat: nooses

The EEOC and plaintiff’s lawyers routinely sue employers that ignore racially hostile work environments. Those suits are almost impossible to beat if harassment takes the form of racist epithets and symbols such as nooses.

EEOC guidance covers how covid affects ADA, other laws

The EEOC has posted an updated and expanded technical assistance publication addressing questions arising under the federal equal employment opportunity laws related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Beware misclassifying covid-19 teleworkers

The mass, covid-inspired migration from office work to telework has been surprisingly seamless for many employees and employers. But in some cases, the move has triggered wage-and-hour compliance problems that few would have anticipated.

Poll: Racism at work a problem—elsewhere

How has your organization responded to the nationwide racial justice protests that exploded last month after the death of George Floyd? Here’s a snapshot, along with employees’ view of racism in the American workplace, based on a survey of 750 workers by marketing rating firm Clutch.

Employees can’t be fired because they are gay

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 15 that discrimination based on an employee’s status as a gay or transgender person is prohibited by the sex discrimination provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Technicalities not the best bet to win FLSA lawsuits

Employers can try to cite technicalities to get out of wage-and-hour liability, but they may run into trouble when they go up against real nit-picking experts: the federal government.

You, not employee, choose accommodation

Some disabled employees couch their ideas about the accommodations they want as demands, not suggestions. That’s when it pays to remember: The employer, not the employee, gets to choose the reasonable accommodation.

Most think workplace racism is a problem—elsewhere

Three-quarters of American workers (76%) think racism and discrimination is an issue at workplaces in the U.S., but only 44% think it’s an issue at their own workplace, according to a new survey by Clutch, a service that matches B2B suppliers and clients.

Texas firm pays to settle discrimination charges

A Texas company has paid a seven-figure sum to settle an EEOC lawsuit that accused managers of “pervasive use of racial slurs” and “circulating racist social media posts.”