Posts Tagged ‘discrimination’

EEOC Crack Down: How to Avoid a Pregnancy Discrimination Claim

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In the last several years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been aggressively cracking down on pregnancy discrimination, filing lawsuits on behalf of women who have faced discrimination in the workplace. In 2017 alone, they awarded more than $15 million in damages and continue to investigate employers across the country. Charges range from refusal to hire to unwillingness to provide reasonable accommodation and span every sector of the workforce. The companies found guilty of discrimination are faced with being in violation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and are…

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Can You Fire for Off-Duty Behavior?

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The age social media and transparency has presented pros and cons for employers and employees alike.  There may be no better example of this than the events that occurred in Charlottesville earlier this month. Numerous neo-Nazi marchers were featured in pictures/videos that went viral, causing, among other things, their employers to scramble and figure out the proper course of action. Most companies have no tolerance for racism or discrimination IN the workplace — but the events in Charlottesville occurred outside of the office.  So, even though employees who took part in the white nationalist marches were engaging in racist behavior,…

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Is Asking About a Candidate’s Past Salary History?

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Workers consider a lot of factors when it comes to finding the right job.  Job-seekers want to join a company with a mission and purpose they can get behind, a collaborative and engaging work environment, flexibility, community and social engagement, good wellness, health and welfare benefits, and other perks that make their lives easier and save them time.  However, salary is still one of the largest considerations, so it’s crucial for you to get it right. Asking job candidates about their salary history has generally been viewed by human resources professionals and hiring managers as a mere formality.  However, legislation…

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Talking Politics at Work

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The election is over, but politics are very likely to dominate the collective interest of our nation for the foreseeable future with what has been perhaps the most divisive political environment in history, coupled with the 24-hour news cycle keeping controversial topics at the top of mind. Any diverse group of people will have differing opinions, and political views are no exception. Everyone, of course, is entitled to their opinion, but when employees voice their political views in an office environment, there is ample opportunity for work to get sidetracked, feelings to be hurt, and productivity to drop. So, what…

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