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Posts Tagged ‘employment discrimination’

The Lawsuits are Coming, Get Ready to Pay

April 22, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

The Cleveland Plain Dealer   reported that over 6,800 private-sector lawsuits were filed nationwide in 2010. The DOL (Department of Labor ), handled about 32,000 wage and hour complaints in 2010, a jump of 33 percent in just two years. The Equal Employment Opportunity ...

Posted in: DOL, Employee Relations Tags: Department of Labor, employment discrimination, employment lawsuits, employment litigation, Employment Practice Liablity Insurance, EPL, HR compliance Read More

Don't forget “protection” when disciplining or terminating employees

April 01, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

Remember the “protected” rule when disciplining or terminating employees. Never discipline or terminate an employee in a protected class or an employee engaged in a protected activity without consulting an attorney. Protected classes are race, color, religion, national o...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates, Tip of the Month Tags: compliance tip of the month, disciplining employees, employment discrimination, HR best practice, HR compliance, terminating employees Read More

Does having "Adonis DNA" provide protection under GINA?

March 12, 2011 by Tamara Lischer

In the midst of the Charlie Sheen media frenzy, several important questions in the Sheen vs. CBS/Warner Bros. dispute are being overshadowed by the sensational personal videos and interviews. Should an employee’s personal life affect his/her employment? What if that employee...

Posted in: DOL, HR: Industry Updates Tags: Charlie Sheen and GINA, Department of Labor, employment discrimination, employment relationship, genetic information, HR best practice Read More

Cupid's Arrow May Find You At Work

February 14, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

Long hours at work and increased socialization as a workplace expectation may have lead to an increase in romance in the workplace reports several recent studies. The flip side is that while employee may be finding love at work they are also concerned about the impact to the...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: employment discrimination, HR best practice, HR compliance, romantic relationship, workplace relationships Read More

Get Sued- The 5 Most Common Mistakes Employers Make

September 18, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Do you want to be sued?  What a silly question, what employer wants to be sued or audited- yet too often employers become involved in employment litigation simply because they failed to follow the most basic HR practices. In conversations with both plaintiff and defendant emp...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: disciplining employees, employment discrimination, employment litigation, HR best practice, HR compliance, litigation Read More

Imbibing Idiots and Job Interviews

August 10, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Most managers and HR professional think they are good at objective interviewing- when in fact they are influenced by all sorts of subconscious bias.  A recent study (with the wonderful title of "The Imbibing Idiot")  highlights this by reporting that applicants who order an ...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: employment discrimination, HR best practice, interviewer, interviewers, interviewing, job interviews, selection process, subconscious bias Read More

Yet another discrimation lawsuit and settlement in the transportation industry

July 06, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Because KPA offers HR compliance consulting and HR software we monitor all of the lawsuits and settlements brought by the EEOC. Frankly it is rather depressing to me (as an HR professional and as a person)  that 45 years after the EEOC was established there are still so man...

Posted in: DOL, HR: Industry Updates Tags: employment discrimination, employment lawsuit, Enforcement, HR compliance, Investigation Read More

Employer Alert- New Rules on Background Checking

June 21, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Oregon employers need to review and update their policy on background checks  involving credits checks before July 1st, 2010. A new law makes it an unlawful employment practice, except in very limited circumstances, for an Oregon employer to use credit history in making hir...

Posted in: Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates Tags: background checks, credit history, credit reports, employment discrimination, fair credit reporting act, HR compliance Read More

What is the cost of not allowing women mechanics at your dealership? $55K based on latest EEOC settl

June 10, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Is there any reason why women should not work as motorcycle mechanics? The obvious answer of course not-and the Dudley Perkins Company probably wishes that had been their reasoning in the past after paying out $55,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing them of not allow a women to ...

Posted in: DOL, HR: Industry Updates Tags: EEOC, employment discrimination, equal employment opportunity, HR best practice, HR compliance, motorcycle dealership Read More

The Platinum Rule for Workforce Management and Human Resources

April 09, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

As I look the list of recent EEOC settlements for both small businesses and large international companies, law firms (they really should have known better) to manufacturing companies, I am struck by one simple fact. ALL of these lawsuits and settlements could have been av...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: EEOC, employee morale, employment discrimination, HR best practice, litigation Read More