Your employee has just told you she is pregnant. What do you do? Do you: A. Decide it’s time to celebrate, throw a party and buy lots of booties; B. Fire her once she’s five months pregnant. That’s your company’s policy. C. Congratulate her, ask her when she is looking to go out on leave, […]
We are often inundated with stories about sexual harassment, unequal pay, failure to hire or promote or similar issues. Virtually all of the stories discuss unequal treatment of women–and with good reason. It happens so often. Title VII (and many state laws) however, prohibit employment discrimination based on sex. The law doesn’t limit its protections […]
This is a trick question, right? I mean, isn’t asking an applicant or employee about drinking habits a violation of the ADA? Under the ADA, alcoholism is a protected disability The answer to any such questions could reveal that disability, and if the employer bases its decisions on that response, it could be liable for […]
Have you ever had to deal with rumors of sexual misconduct in your workplace? Chances are you have — or you’ve at least heard sexual rumors. Is spreading rumors that a female employee is sleeping with her boss sexual harassment? Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination “because of” sex. The […]
Individual managers, officers, HR pros and the like can be held personally liable for certain employment law violations. How can that be? The company is the employer, not the manager. Don’t most of the relevant laws say so? Some of them do.