Tag Archives: Discrimination Claims

It Ain’t Over…Managing Weighty Workers Before They Manage You

Because this is exactly what you want to hear after you’ve gorged yourself on turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie over the last several days . . . Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control issued a report confirming what we already know: Americans are getting bigger, but not necessarily better. Bigger, as in, time to cut out the butter. According to the CDC’s report, nearly 38% of Americans are considered obese (defined as anyone with a BMI ≥ 30). Add to that the American Medical Association’s recognition in 2013 of obesity as a disease and you are talking about …

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California Employee Termination – Getting It Right

Letting an employee go is never easy. No one wants to be the bearer of bad news, especially in California where employee terminations seem to frequently end in (or begin) claims or lawsuits alleging discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. Avoiding, or reducing, the risks of claims and suits requires preparation before, during (including the termination meeting), and after the employment. Preparation should start before the employment Be sure your company has written policies and procedures about handling employee complaints or concerns relating to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Have written discipline policies and evaluation processes to show that the company takes employee …

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Trending: The Unemployed as a Protected Class

As reported at the time, President Obama’s 2011 jobs bill included a proposal to prohibit discrimination on the basis of a job applicant’s status as unemployed. The proposal identified discrimination toward the long term unemployed as a contributing factor to the nation’s staggering unemployment statistics. In essence, the proposal would have made the unemployed a protected class in the same manner that race, religion and sex are now. Although the jobs bill has since languished, similar proposals are trending. Whether discrimination towards the unemployed is a problem is debatable. Data suggesting the unemployed are subject to widespread and systematic discrimination …

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A Busy EEOC: 99,412 Charges Filed in 2012

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was busy in fiscal year 2012. On January 25, 2013, the EEOC announced that it received 99,412 private sector workplace discrimination charges for fiscal year 2012, which runs from October 1 to September 30. The most frequently filed charges were for retaliation (37,836), race (33,512) and sex discrimination (30,356), which includes allegations of sexual harassment and pregnancy, respectively. This was slightly less than fiscal year 2011, which saw 99,947 charges in the private sector. While the vast majority of the charges filed led to no cause findings, the EEOC filed 122 lawsuits including …

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