Employee Training Programs

One year ago, we asked employers the key question “Can You Pass The Acid Test?”

That is, can you feel secure that you have taken all possible steps to avoid discrimination or harassment lawsuits that, even if you win, can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend?    We wrote:  “An ounce of prevention

At the University of Iowa, an investigation showed that the athletics academic adviser violated the school’s harassment policy over a period of years.   In December, the President of the Regents, which governs the university, said that this showed a failure to implement a policy that requires all university employees to participate in sexual hharassment

Do I have any understanding of the many anti-discrimination laws governing the workplace? Do I have any policies or procedures in place that will help me if I get sued by a disgruntled employee? Am I prepared for a discrimination lawsuit if it comes my way?

 

Good questions to answer in the affirmative. Can you also answer

We commend for your edification an excellent and timely article written by our colleague,  Jonathan Ash, in his blog New Jersey Human Resources.  

He says that  "the start of the new year is an excellent time to revisit and re-evaluate the policies contained in your Company’s Employee Handbook," and discusses topics such as workplace violence,

Sexual harassment has been front and center in the news these days – witness the horrific gang rape in India that has spurred world-wide outrage (see also our blogs from last week).

Now, a newly released report from the Department of Defense entitled “Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the United States Military

Cases which allege hostile work environment based upon racial harassment have been the subject of a number of our blogs recently, in which we have observed the use of the ever-present “N-word” and the image of a noose, or a real noose.
 

Now, the EEOC reports that a federal judge has granted a rare

Apropos to our blog entry of October 9th, where we described the EEOC’s targeting of cases of harassment and abuse of “vulnerable” employees, especially farm workers, the EEOC announced yesterday that it settled a case against a vineyard in Ukiah, California on behalf of farm workers.

The suit alleged national origin harassment against

“Harrowing,” “appalling” and “extreme abuse” were words used by EEOC lawyers regarding a series of recently filed cases targeting sexual harassment of farmworkers. It appears that the EEOC is periodically targeting different types of discrimination and different industries, and selecting particularly egregious cases to make a point to employers. Recently, for example, we noted that the EEOC

We thank today’s Law360 Employment for reporting on three newly-filed discrimination suits, implicating issues of race, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, and retaliation. All this in just three lawsuits. All three plaintiffs allege that they were fired based upon these protected categories.

The Library of Congress was sued in federal court in Washington,

The EEOC has an interesting website that provides a “selected list” of pending and resolved lawsuits brought by the EEOC in which racial harassment is alleged.   A review of the following list provides a quick compendium of some of the offensive, vulgar and illegal comments and behavior which the EEOC claims that employees