Hiring Discrimination

What Happens Online Can Get You In Trouble

Before social media, harassment, sexual or otherwise, was pretty much confined to office hours. Now, work and personal life have become so entangled that what happens at work no longer stays at work. “Our employees are connected 24/7,” says Jeffrey Miller,…

Court Says You Can Fire A Worker You Believe Made Up A Discrimination Claim

It’s not just people who fabricate complaints of discrimination at work who can be fired, but those whom you believe fabricated discrimination claims. Everybody, roar it with me, “Yassssss!” In Villa v. Cavamezze Grill, LLC. the plaintiff was a low-level manager…

DOL Pulls Back Policies on Worker Classification, Joint Employers

The Department of Labor this morning announced it was pulling back from two Obama-era policies regarding the classification of independent contractors and joint employer liability. The three sentence DOL statement simply said two guidance letters issued in 2015 and 2016…

7 Workplace Sins That Could Land You In Court

If you think your organization is immune from workplace misconduct, think again. One in three women between the ages of 18-34 say they’ve been sexually harassed in the workplace. Moreover, many workers (40% to 60% in one study) say they’ve…

3 Steps You Can Take to Close the Gender Pay and Opportunity Gaps

Gender pay data can be examined in a number of different ways, but no matter how you slice it, the pay gap still exists. The most recent research by compensation data and software company PayScale, where I work, shows that…

Five Tips for Eliminating Workplace Misconduct

If you’re like most human resources professionals, you want to create a workplace where misconduct can’t thrive — and that starts with a strong focus on culture. Most people entering the workplace are looking for a positive, supportive culture. And whether…

European Court Clarifies Legality of Banning Islamic Headscarves in the Workplace

On March 14 the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) issued a significant ruling clarifying when an employer may prohibit employees from wearing visible signs of their religious beliefs in the workplace. The ruling was issued to address two…

Contractor Blacklisting Rules Coming to a Permanent End

Less than six months ago, federal contractors were clutching their pearls over the prospect of having to publicly disclose violations under 14 federal workplace laws, to be eligible for a government contract. The following month, in October 2016, a federal judge iced…

White House Signals No Change In LGBTQ Order For Federal Contractors

The New York Times reported  President Trump will preserve intact President Obama’s LGBT order (Executive Order 13672) protecting applicants and employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. As published by the Times, a White House statement…

Supreme Court Agrees to Decide On Employer Class Action Waivers

Picture a nerdier version of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where persuasive legal briefs and sharp oral advocacy are like rear naked chokes and “ground and pound.” The fight card In one corner, we have the Federal Arbitration Act. Among other things,…