Human Resources News & Insights

Walmart job changes create PR mess, draw EEOC attention

Walmart is already paying a heavy public relations price for its announced decision to eliminate the “Greeter” position at its U.S. stores, replacing those jobs with a new position it is calling “customer host.” Now it faces at least one lawsuit and numerous EEOC complaints alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Workplace lactation discrimination laws are expanding: Stay compliant

A recent lactation discrimination case in Delaware resulted in a $1.5 million jury award to a mother who sued when harassment from co-workers and supervisors caused her to stop pumping breast milk and subsequently lose her supply. 

New study highlights power of performance management systems

A recent study out of the UK has great takeaways for HR pros across the globe on the use and effectiveness of performance management (PM) systems.

ACLU sues Facebook for discriminatory job ads

Facebook is in hot water once again — this time, for job ads targeting exclusively men for roles such as police officers, truck drivers and sports store clerks. 

Manager’s one dumb comment triggers race discrimination lawsuit

When an employee wants to transfer to a new department, but isn’t qualified for the job, it seems like a fairly straightforward situation. But one offhand comment can quickly turn an open and shut case into a lengthy legal battle. 

Was an employee fired for being rude … or French?

If an employee is “aggressive, rude and disrespectful,” you have a pretty good reason to fire them, right? But what if that behavior is cultural, and they claim discrimination?

NLRB rules on ex-Google employee’s wrongful termination complaint

Can you fire an employee for expressing their discriminatory views, or is that speech protected? This was the question the NLRB answered when addressing a recent wrongful termination complaint. 

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.

EEOC files landmark parental leave lawsuit: Was dad discriminated against?

When this employer rolled out its parental leave policy a few years ago, it probably never imagined it would be facing an EEOC discrimination lawsuit by one of its employees. But that’s just what happened to one of the biggest names in cosmetics. 

Yes, one word can create a hostile work environment — especially, if it’s this word

All it takes is a single “extreme isolated act of discrimination” by a manager or supervisor to get your company sued for creating a hostile work environment, a court just ruled.