Common sense could save you time, money and a lawsuit

The old saying is that common sense isn’t so common seems to hold true in many employment discrimination lawsuits. Wouldn’t seem to be common sense to allow an employee to periodically sit for short periods during the day as a reasonable accommodation? Apparently one company didn’t think so. Fired the employee rather than let her …

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50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

Fifty years ago on July 2nd the Civil Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. In HR it is the foundational law that guides workplace actions around discrimination. Title VII Title VII established equal protection for people in the protected categories of race, religion, color, sex and national origin. Since that time …

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EEOC Issues New Restrictions On the Use of Background Checks

  On April 25, 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC or Commission) issued its Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 reinforcing and adding stronger restrictions on the use of background checks by employers. “Wait, I thought …

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NASCAR Sued For Harassment: What a Wreck for HR

The headline screams Former official sues NASCAR over harassment claims. Is anyone in HR surprised by this? A black woman official suffers multiple incidents of both racial and sexual harassment. She complains and then is fired. So now there is retaliation as well. This is going to cost NASCAR big time! But no one, especially …

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