You’re just coming off a hectic holiday weekend – a good time to catch your breath and take a look at the big picture. Here’s an overview of the potential legal snares you’ll need to be aware of in the second half of 2012.
HR pros never look forward to handling harassment complaints. But it still beats what can happen if complaints aren’t handled.
With the multitude of issues HR pros face, it can be difficult to know under which circumstances legal help is necessary. Because, when it comes down to it, there is no instruction manual.
Nineteen United Parcel Service employees are suing the giant parcel distributor, saying they suffered repeated racial discrimination and the company did nothing to stop it, according to published reports.
It’s a line courts like to repeat in harassment cases that assert Title VII violations: “Title VII is not a general civility code for the American workplace.” But where does rude behavior cross the line and become illegal harassment? That’s a question that a federal appeals court had to answer in a recent case that […]
A record $240 million damages award to 32 disabled employees of an Iowa turkey processing company has been reduced to a comparative pittance in accordance with federal limits on small-company damages.
It’s easy to overlook the importance of keeping the employee handbook current. Here’s a checklist you can use to make sure you’ve got all your bases covered.
The situation: One employee “goes off” on another, and maybe even gets physically abusive or engages in harassment. You call in the offender, and he says, “I have a documented mental disability that causes me to behave that way.”
The practice of “friending” on social-networking sites can be a legally dangerous one when it involves a supervisor and a subordinate. Plus, a lot of subordinates think it’s creepy.
Every good employer knows that when an employee complains of racial harassment, it has the responsibility to investigate the claims and put a stop to the behavior. But how thorough does the investigation have to be? How quickly does it have to be conducted? A recent lawsuit resulted when an employee faced severe racial harassment […]
A former restaurant manager has filed a lawsuit, claiming she was fired for what she saw other managers doing in the facility’s banquet room one night.
A company hires an employee and learns later that he lied on his resume. Is that always cause to fire someone?
An employee who’s in hot water for violating company policy files a sexual harassment claim. After he’s fired, he sues for retaliation. Did he win?
Workplace bullies have always been on the scene. But they’re now being recognized as productivity killers and potential legal threats to employers. Some researchers claim one in every three employees will experience bullying at work. And the experts say bullying costs businesses more than $200 billion a year due to decreased productivity, increased absenteeism and […]
Sexual harassment claims may be down overall, but these recent cases show it’s as expensive as ever to get caught on the wrong side of a harassment complaint.
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.
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