Human Resources News & Insights

Discrimination & Harassment

Workplace discrimination and harassment are barred by a number of federal laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Court voids key parts of EEOC’s wellness regs: Here’s what happens next

When a federal court asked the EEOC to reconsider its rules on wellness incentives under the ADA and GINA, it expected the agency to move swiftly with its response.

ADA lawsuit: Can you force an unstable employee to see a doctor?

Here’s a tricky scenario for any HR pro: You have reason to believe that an employee, who has suddenly started showing increasingly erratic behavior, is struggling to do her job and negatively impacting her co-workers. What can you do?

Facebook invites HR pros to steal its sexual harassment policy

In the wake of surging workplace sexual harassment allegations across all industries, Facebook is taking a drastic step.

Why the ‘Pence Rule’ is exactly how you shouldn’t go about preventing sexual harassment

With new high profile sexual harassment allegations coming out on a daily basis, a lot of companies are considering policy changes and putting new protocols into place. One new rule not to establish? The Pence Rule.

Court dismisses Google’s equal pay lawsuit, but company’s not off the hook yet

After a series of blows against its pay practices, a judge finally granted Google some good news. But the ruling also made it clear the tech juggernaut’s legal saga wasn’t over yet.

Sexual harassment in the Harvey Weinstein era: 3 ways to go beyond standard training

From the Harvey Weinstein and Bill O’Reilly scandals to the #MeToo movement on social media, sexual harassment is on everybody’s minds.

What? Hooded sheets plus a noose, and firm still skirts harassment charge

Despite mountains of damning evidence, one employer avoided losing a racially hostile workplace lawsuit. The ruling serves as a reminder to HR pros everywhere on the importance of clear policies and consistent follow-through.

A taste of its own medicine: EEOC ordered to fork over $1.9M for ‘frivolous’ claims

The EEOC has a long history among employers of filing lawsuits for dubious reasons, and in this case, that strategy seems to have come back to haunt it.

Age bias lawsuit: Little white lies about worker’s departure come back to haunt employer

Sometimes employers feel the need to fib a little about why an employee is leaving the company – to avoid damaging morale.

Stage set for landmark equal pay lawsuit: What’s at stake in Google’s HR nightmare?

After the PR nightmare it suffered following a male staffer’s memo on “gender stereotypes,” Google is now facing an even bigger headache — a pay-discrimination claim that could become a class-action suit with thousands of class members.