Category: Harassment

When it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace, you can’t be too careful. HR Daily Advisor gives you background on the federal and state guidelines and essential elements of an anti-harassment policy and program. Get analysis, news, training tips for managers and employees, and more.

Oil Company Settles EEOC Retaliation Suit for Firing Only Female Roustabout

A Texas oil field construction and services company will pay $30,000 to settle an EEOC retaliation lawsuit after the company fired its only female roustabout, Elma Garza, after she reported being sexually harassed on the job. Garza was hired by the company in January 2012 as a dump truck driver, and spent most of her […]

Tips to Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Nearly everyone knows that sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal. But not everyone knows exactly what constitutes sexual harassment, and what employers can do to prevent it. Let’s review the legal definition of sexual harassment, and then take a look at some tips for employers on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace.

Common Employee Complaints About Bad Bosses

When employees are dissatisfied at work, one of their most common complaints is a bad boss. But for employers interested in improving employee morale and workplace culture, the idea of “bad” is too general. What makes a bad boss? What exactly are the most common complaints about bad bosses?

EEOC Ruling on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

With the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision making same-sex marriage bans illegal across the country, many people have raised the question of discrimination. It may be legal for same-sex couples to marry, but it’s still also seemingly legal in many areas for businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation. These two issues are fundamentally incompatible.

‘Trans’ Woman—When Does ‘He’ Become ‘She’?

In yesterday’s Advisor, BLR® Legal Editor Jasmin Rojas, JD, used “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star “Caitlyn” (formerly Bruce) Jenner’s recent reintroduction of herself as a transwoman as a jumping-off point for a discussion of transgender discrimination. In today’s Advisor, Rojas offers practical tips for employers.

Call Me ‘Caitlyn’—Keeping Up with Gender Identity Compliance

Star athlete and Keeping Up with the Kardashians star formerly known as Bruce Jenner recently introduced herself as a transwoman on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. BLR® Legal Editor Jasmin Rojas, JD, examines the implications for businesses when it comes to gender identity compliance.

When Is an Employee Protected from Retaliation?

When Is an Employee Protected from Retaliation? Retaliation should never be a motivating factor for employers. While this statement may seem obvious, it’s all too easy for emotions and frustrations to cloud employers’ (and individual supervisors’ and managers’) judgment when something goes awry at the workplace. Unfortunately, it’s also easy to inadvertently appear to act […]

What is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act?

We hear a lot about civil rights and nondiscrimination, and most HR professionals have at least a basic knowledge of employee nondiscrimination rights. But when it comes right down to it, what exactly is in Title VII? It’s probably the most commonly referenced law relating to nondiscrimination in the workplace, so it’s important to be […]

NPRM on Sex Discrimination—What Will Be Required?

Yesterday’s Advisor briefed readers on new guidelines (to be called regulations) on sex discrimination proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Today, more on the guidelines (to be called regulations) plus an interactive map indicating state laws on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Today’s Sexual Harassment Case: Elf v. Santa

In yesterday’s Advisor, Attorney Francis M. Drelling shared the story of a sexual harassment complaint in Santa’s workshop and how the company handled it so very ho ho horribly wrong; today, Drelling shares how the company should’ve handled the situation with this mall Santa.