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Sex stereotyping, sexual orientation discrimination, and federal law – crazy-mixed-up right now

Posted in Discrimination, ENDA, Harassment
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is dead again. Is there any federal law on same-sex harassment or discrimination? If so, what is it? Here are some scenarios that may be helpful in picking through this crazy extremely complex and rapidly transitioning area of the law. (Answers are provided after Scenario 6, below.) The American Bar Association … Continue Reading

Sex at work: test your knowledge!

Posted in Discrimination, Harassment
How much do you really know about sexual relationships in the workplace? Take my quiz, and find out! Bert gives Ernie all the cushy jobs because they’re having a consensual affair. Can Ernie’s co-workers sue for sex harassment or discrimination? NO, because Bert and Ernie are both men. YES, because Bert’s favoritism creates a hostile … Continue Reading

Stupid “discrimination” complaints: How should an employer handle?

Posted in Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation
A reader, who has asked to remain anonymous, suggested that I write about employees who make “stupid” complaints about discrimination, harassment, or other allegedly unlawful treatment. The following is a fictionalized email, but it accurately presents the spirit of her concern. Dear Robin, I am a Human Resources director for a government employer. You won’t … Continue Reading

Four reasons to be careful about contingent workers

Posted in Discrimination, Employment at Will, Harassment, Independent Contractor, Wage-Hour
In our insecure economy, temporary employees and independent contractors allow employers to get the work done while staying flexible enough to survive. But there are abuses, and dangers if employers misclassify workers, or if they keep their "temps" around so long that they become "perms" in reality if not in name. Here are four reasons to be very careful about how you use contingent workers… Continue Reading