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In the Age of #MeToo, How Far Is Too Far? Some Say That A Zero-Tolerance Policy May Do More Damage Than Good

The rise of sexual harassment allegations stemming from the #MeToo movement has left many employers reeling as they try to implement policies and procedures to protect themselves from potential liability. Some have elected to impose a zero-tolerance policy for all sexually inappropriate behaviors in the workplace. While this sounds good on paper, in reality, it can have some unintended consequences.

Sexual Harassment Claims for McDonald's Escalate as Sanford Worker Joins In

The massively popular fast-food restaurant chain McDonald's is facing serious sexual harassment allegations involving 10 employees spread across nine different cities. Backed by two national advocacy groups, the employees allege that they were groped and exposed to lewd comments, indecent exposure, and sexual propositions at the hands of their supervisors. A 15-year-old girl from St. Louis is among the list of claimants.

Employees of Educational Institutions Likely Protected From Sexual Orientation Discrimination under Title IX

With the #MeToo movement, there has been heightened awareness and actions taken against incidents of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination across many business sectors. There have been long been civil rights laws in place with the intent of protecting workers from sexual discrimination in the workplace and in educational institution. However, discrimination on the basis of an employee's sexual orientation is still a gray area where legislation is concerned. This is changing as recent federal appellate court decisions are reevaluating the extension of both Title VII and Title IX to workplace protections against sexual orientation discrimination. Most educational institutions, such as colleges, universities and many K-12 schools are required to abide by Title IX's sex discrimination protections.

What to Expect When Your Employee Is Expecting: How To Navigate Maternity Leave and Avoid Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

Workplace discrimination is a serious allegation. As an employer, knowing what not to say in certain situations can save you a lot of problems. This is particularly important when dealing with an employee who is expecting.

What Emerging Multiracial Plaintiff Cases Suggest About Employment Discrimination Law

Beginning in 2000, the United States Census Bureau began allowing respondents to choose more than one racial category. Following that census, 2.4 percent of the U.S. population identified themselves as multiracial. In the 2010 census, that number increased to 2.9 percent. There is speculation that the multiracial population in the United States may have been underestimated and the number of those who identify as such will continue to grow.

Lawmakers Turn Down The Florida Competitive Workforce Act

Spurred by the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando that took the lives of 49 people last year, LGBTQ activists have revived efforts to pass a civil rights workforce protection act for gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual workers. Despite co-sponsorships and endorsements by 44 percent of the legislature, the Florida Competitive Workforce Act (FCWA) was turned down by lawmakers again this year.

Requiring Employees to Provide Proof of Eligibility to Work in the U.S. May Result in a Liability

Employers in Florida have three days from the date of hire to verify a new employee's eligibility to legally work in the United States. This verification process falls under rules and guidelines that are provided by the United States immigration and citizenship laws as outlined in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

How To Prevent Criminal Record Employment Discrimination

As an employer, you know that the process of screening and hiring new applicants comes with a significant level of responsibility. You want to make the best possible decisions, ensuring that new hires will be able to safely and reliably perform the duties of the job and fit well into your overall company culture. You are tasked with the need to conduct a thorough screening process while also carefully avoiding any real or perceived violations of state and Federal anti-discrimination laws.

SCOTUS reverses decision to review transgender bathroom case

In today's world, the everyday business person must negotiate a variety of social issues in a manner that does not negatively impact on the operation of their business or their sales, either through the boycotting of their business or actual demonstrations on their premises. Today, transgender issues, among others, are foremost among the issues that each business may address.

Workplace Safety On The Road: Tractor-Trailer Employers' Challenges and Solutions

Dangerous jobs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and some that you may not expect. The jobs that are commonly considered hazardous, like firefighting, police work and power line work, present some obvious challenges that could put workers in direct danger. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has some surprising news on the topic that points to a less obvious occupation: Tractor-Trailer drivers. Statistics show that in 2014 alone, 761 drivers lost their lives on the job; and the disturbing trend has been steadily increasing in recent years. 

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