Discrimination

EEOC ISSUES GUIDANCE ON TRANSGENDER, LGBTQ WORKPLACE ISSUES

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued technical guidance regarding discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The technical guidance clarifies existing law regarding sex-based discrimination in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, 590 U.S. _____ (2020). In addition to explaining the Bostock decision, the technical guidance addresses […]

RETALIATION MOST COMMON CLAIM FILED WITH EEOC IN 2020

Each year the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) releases detailed statistics on the charges filed with its office. On February 26th, the EEOC released its statistics for fiscal year 2020, which ran from October 2019 through September 2020. Again, retaliation was the most frequently cited claim in charges filed with the EEOC. In 2020, retaliation […]

WHAT’S HOT IN HR

2020 has many of us in a charged emotional state.  Between the pandemic, civil unrest, and economic troubles, it is difficult to identify how we feel sometimes. Now, more than ever, we have an opportunity to educate our staff when it comes to inclusive behavior.  Different backgrounds, religions, morals, ethics, and values all come into […]

SMOKERS NEED NOT APPLY SAYS U-HAUL, EXCEPT IN NEVADA – WHY?

U-Haul recently made headlines for its announcement that, beginning February 1, 2020, it will no longer hire people who use nicotine products. U-Haul’s reasoning is based on its commitment to promoting and empowering a healthy workforce. “We are deeply invested in the well-being of our Team Members,” stated Jessica Lopez, U-Haul Chief of Staff. “Nicotine […]

CONDUCTING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS IN NEVADA

On November 18, 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a news release detailing the settlement between them and the major retail chain, Dollar General. The settlement was the result of a lawsuit filed against Dollar General by the EEOC wherein they claimed that the company violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act […]

ENGLISH-ONLY RULE COSTS EMPLOYER $2.6 MILLION

Rules requiring that employees speak English in the workplace at all times are generally presumed to violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Nevertheless, English only policies persist and language discrimination lawsuits are on an upswing in recent years. Recently, a San Antonio area spa agreed to pay more than $2.6 million […]

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