Two Compliance Issues every HR professional should know and teach to managers

I have come across a number of “must-know” lists in the past couple of weeks. Perhaps this is an artifact of the time of year, getting a fresh start phenomenon. As a result, I decided to do my own list. These are the things that I think all good professionals must know. Anti-discrimination Most of …

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Turn your hood around; you might be able to see your mistake.

I occasionally report on Stupid HR situations. The EEOC told the story of one such situation, in a recent press release titled Downhole Technology to Pay $120,000 To Settle EEOC Suit for Race-Based Harassment and Retaliation. The company reaction to an employee’s claim qualifies as “stupid HR” in my opinion. Not a joke If you …

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Not enough money spent in HR teaching the rules

I read a lot of articles and newsletters from law firms and the government looking for topics for this blog. They are not hard to find.  Here is a list from the EEOC: ABL Management to Pay $35,000 to Settle Retaliation Lawsuit with EEOC Desco Industries Will Pay $45,000 to Settle EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit Country …

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Just because you make Mexican food does not entitle you to hire only Hispanic workers

In a reversal of the normal race discrimination case the EEOC has announced it is suing a manufacturer of Mexican foods for discriminating against non-Hispanic applicants in its hiring processes. The case On January 12, 2017 the EEOC filed a discrimination lawsuit against Marquez Brothers International, Inc. and its affiliates for favoring less-qualified Hispanic job …

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Four Very Instructive Reads in HR Compliance

Legal compliance for many HR people is a major headache. Each situation has some different twist to it that makes you question whether you are making the correct decision. Here are four situations that provide examples of just my point. Reverse discrimination This first post shows that reverse discrimination is recognized by the courts as …

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EEOC issues National Origin discrimination guidance

National origin discrimination is certainly in the news today. With large numbers of people seeking refuge in the United States from the wars and dismal conditions in their home countries and due to the rise in terroristic act national origin discrimination has been at the forefront of many discrimination cases. It is however not new …

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In a hostile environment it is not the intent but the effect that is important

In a case out of the Tenth Circuit court in Kansas we learn that courts are not to interpret the intent of what someone says but the effect of what they say to determine if a hostile environment exists. What do you think? If you were, or are, an African-American employee and you worked in …

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Discrimination Guidance

ISIS and the ongoing state of affairs in the Middle East are almost daily headlines in the news. The US Presidential debates have also broached the subject of Syrian refugees. For many people these are emotional topics that could have negative repercussions in the workplace depending on your employee population. The EEOC reminds us that …

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For an employee to charge race discrimination they have to let you know what race they claim

There is an old saying about the difficulties that arise from trying to change horses in the middle of a stream. An employee found that to be true in his claim of discrimination. I am white… wait I changed my mind Today people have the ability to choose what race, and gender, with which they …

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How long should you keep that application from a rejected candidate?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced they have filed suit against the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Mobile, Alabama. The suit, filed on September 30, 2015 alleges that the company refused to hire a qualified candidate because she was female. The EEOC is seeking monetary relief in the form of back pay, front pay, …

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