The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently published the results of a year-long research initiative: the SHRM Harassment-Free Workplace series. The first part of the series focused on the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. In a previous post, we looked at some surprising data showing that 22 percent of non-management employee respondents […]
The recent high-profile sexual harassment accusations leading to public humiliation and terminations has highlighted the need for companies to properly train their supervisors and employees on what is and is not harassment. Just as these allegations are appearing on the front pages of newspapers, on October 4, 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) launched […]
“Ban the box” refers to the initiatives, which have gained widespread traction, in which laws are being put into place that prohibit employers from asking questions of applicants regarding previous criminal history (and discriminating against them based on their answer) too early in the hiring and recruiting process.
In recent years, more and more employers have implemented wellness programs—employee participation programs that may include wellness education, health or fitness challenges, and even limited medical testing and preventive care requirements—to promote and encourage employee health and wellbeing. Through these programs, they hope to create a healthier workforce and reduce insurance costs.
A federal district court vacated the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) rules on how employers’ wellness programs must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Genetic Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).
A recent AARP article, aimed at the organization’s member audience, contains information for older job seekers. It also contains a veiled, two-part warning for employers: Discriminating against older workers is illegal; age discrimination is widespread.
The Dallas office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently sued a local TV station for age discrimination. The station’s on-air traffic reporter who circled over Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) traffic resigned, and a replacement needed to be found. The replacement, a 24-year-old, was allegedly unqualified for the position. The EEOC claims that a very […]
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) operates under a fiscal year (FY) that runs from October 1 to September 30. An FY-end tradition for the agency is to file as many lawsuits as possible on or before September 30 so that they will count toward the statistical measures for the closing FY.
There’s no shortage of reminders these days that harassment is still a major issue for employers. And it’s particularly challenging, as we’ve seen all too often lately in the news, when an executive is a harasser or a company culture implicitly condones or perpetuates sexual harassment or a hostile work environment. So, what can HR […]
In the following case, oversharing put an employer in hot water with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and created more legal headaches than the original Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) charge brought by a former employee.