Said one attorney, in cases where off-color language is used, the ruling signifies the importance of finding out 'how that language was used to determine what steps the employer should take and how they should go about investigating' it and imposing discipline.
Employers need social media policies to establish the rules of road for employees, who do not understand that they can be held responsible for their off-duty, online activities.
The EEOC said female employees were subjected to the constant use of racial slurs and derogatory sex-based and racial comments.Read More
The court accepted the case June 25 and has ruled on the issue previously under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Read More
It strikes me that likening KKK graffiti and a toy monkey with a noose around its neck as common 'trash talking' is a recipe for a disaster.Read More
Employers must make sure their employees, including line workers as well as supervisory staff, are 'trained carefully in anti-harassment measures and policy.'Read More
One attorney familiar with the case says the case illustrates that employers need to conduct an investigation 'in any situation that involves intimate touching.'Read More
Said one attorney, 'This is the first appellate-level case in the country that extends hostile work environment (claims) to the area of sexual orientation.'Read More
The lawsuit charges that the 16 plaintiffs 'have suffered from the worst of its ills in terms of biased work assignments and allotment of hours, unfair discipline and retaliation, and a caustic work environment.'
The report noted that the agency identified combating systemic discrimination as a top priority in a 2006 task force report.