Court won’t referee popularity contest: Being disliked isn’t grounds for lawsuit

March 26, 2019
Some workers seem to believe that any slight or negative comment is grounds for a discrimination lawsuit. Fortunately, that’s not the case.
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“Preference for female leadership” costs school $41k

March 20, 2019
A private school in Maryland is on the hook for $41,000 to settle a sex discrimination suit filed by the EEOC on behalf of a male softball coach who was denied a contract renewal because of the school’s “preference for female leadership.”
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Don’t assume disability because of prescription

March 13, 2019
If you learn an employee is taking a prescription containing a controlled substance, make sure you don’t make assumptions about disability. You don’t want to be accused of violating ADA “regarded as disabled” provisions.
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Don’t ‘game the system’ to favor one race over another

February 13, 2019
Trying to manipulate an otherwise neutral hiring or promotion process can backfire.
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ADA accommodation: Take all requests seriously

February 12, 2019
When an employee asks for an ADA reasonable accommodation, take that request seriously even if you don’t think it’s valid. Start the interactive process and see where it goes.
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Temporary injuries generally don’t rise to the level of ADA disability

February 12, 2019
Each condition must be assessed individually. Here’s how that played out in a recent case.
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Sexual harassment doesn’t always have to focus on sexual activity

February 6, 2019
An intense focus on sexual activity or sex characteristics isn’t always necessary to prove sexual harassment. As long as the victim can link the behavior she’s calling harassment to her sex in some way, she’s got a case.
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ADA: No need to create new job as accommodation

January 24, 2019
When workers need time to heal from workplace injuries, many employers accommodate temporary restrictions by assigning them to light-duty tasks until they’re ready to resume their old jobs. But if the restrictions become permanent, the employer doesn’t have to create a permanent light-duty job.
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Telecommuting trouble lurks across state lines

January 24, 2019
Do you allow employees to regularly work from home? Be careful if one of them lives in another state. You could be subject to that state’s jurisdiction and employment laws.
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Never ignore lawsuits, even ridiculous ones

January 4, 2019
Every now and then, an applicant or employee will file a lawsuit that makes no sense. Whatever you do, don’t just ignore it.
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