Human Resources News & Insights

Company out $5.1M after forcing employees to ‘harness happiness’

Any employer would love to have workers who are emotionally aware and good at solving problems, but one company went about teaching these skills the wrong way.

National origin, religious bias cases still rank high on EEOC agenda

National origin and religion are highly sensitive topics in American culture and politics these days. And the workplace is no exception — check out these two recent cases from the EEOC.  

Dumb manager decisions end up costing two firms big money for EEOC violations

Here’s two more chapters in the continuing saga of “How Bonehead Decisions by Middle Managers Can Put a Big Dent in Your Corporate Pocketbook”:

Refusing a flu shot permissible under religious exemption, court rules

Protection from religious bias casts a wide net under federal law — all the way to whether or not a healthcare facility can require employees to receive a flu shot.  

Even the best-intentioned employers can get snagged by anti-bias laws

Even organizations involved in the most noble pursuits sometimes run afoul of discrimination laws.  

Abercrombie settles 7-year-old, religious discrimination case: The cost?

After suffering a defeat at the hands of the Supreme Court in the high-profile religious discrimination case brought against it by former applicant Samantha Elauf, retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has decided to settle with Elauf. 

EEOC sues UPS for religious discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against package delivery giant United Parcel Service.  

2 things you need to know about Supreme Court’s religious discrimination ruling

There are two main takeaways for employers from the Supreme Court’s ruling to allow the highly publicized religious discrimination case against Abercrombie & Fitch to gain new life. 

‘Mark of the Beast’ keeps popping up in lawsuits: Are accommodations required?

Do you have to accommodate individuals whose religious beliefs lead them to think their jobs will brand them with the “Mark of the Beast?” Is this something you even have to worry about? 

How wacky can discrimination suits get? 4 unbelievable examples

Four recent bias cases should be pretty vexing to HR pros. In two, the alleged victims were given some pretty unusual (and, in at least one case, very large) awards. In the others, the claims against employers will have you banging your head against a wall.