Virginia Attorney General (AG) Mark Herring has launched a new Office of Civil Rights to help protect residents from discrimination. The move is seen as a response to the cultural awakening the nation experienced in 2020 after high-profile police shootings and the recognition that once-common offensive behavior toward certain gender groups is no longer acceptable […]
Tag: Civil Rights
During an interview, it’s not just the prospective candidate who needs to be on his or her toes. Interviewers/hiring managers must ask the right (that is, legal) questions in order to both make the right hire and keep the company out of court.
In today’s Advisor, we provide you with the beginning of a comprehensive training session on recruiting best practices.
Isolated remarks related to an employee’s national origin may not be enough to support a claim of discrimination, but they can lead to costly lawsuits. During training, be sure that managers and supervisors understand the negative consequences of making “politically incorrect” comments. What Happened “Akila,” an Egyptian dentist, enrolled in a 2-year dentistry program […]
Does your organization provide antiharassment training for employees and managers? One of the main reasons antiharassment training is important is that employers have an obligation to provide a safe workplace—one that is free of harassment. If an employer does not take proactive steps to ensure such an environment, that employer will find it much more […]
There are many legal issues employers face during the interview process. Job interviews are a potential legal land mine for discrimination complaints and lawsuits. Numerous federal laws prohibit discrimination in hiring practices, including the interview process. For example: The Civil Rights Act of 1964, commonly known as Title VII, is the grandparent of employment discrimination […]
Even the most well-intentioned employers cannot anticipate every potential workplace scenario and provide advance training on how to react in each situation. That’s why it is important to be aware of training-related issues that crop up at other workplaces and take proactive steps in response.Two recent complaints in New Jersey provide such a learning opportunity. […]
One court recently decided that an employer can be held liable for harassment from customers. The court in this case concluded that “an employer is liable under Title VII [of the Civil Rights Act of 1964] for third parties creating a hostile work environment if the employer knew or should have known of the harassment […]
The information in today’s issue first appeared on HR.BLR.com. Background for Trainer The disciplinary response to a problem or incident should never come unexpectedly to a worker like a bolt from the blue. The employee must be able to see, at least in hindsight, that the way for a supervisor’s action was clearly paved. And […]
What Laws Are Involved? A number of laws and regulations are involved as you complete your job descriptions and work with them, says Kennedy, including: Fair Labor Standards Act (proper classification as exempt or nonexempt) Equal Pay Act of 1963 (comparing job values, pay values, and gender) Equal Employment Opportunity (comparing pay levels and protected […]