When new and experienced business owners are crafting employee policies, there are many federal laws to keep in mind, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 says that employers cannot discriminate on the basis of religion. Employers are required under federal law to provide reasonable accommodations for their employees' religious beliefs if they are sincerely held.
Employers need to make sure they are properly incorporating the Civil Rights Act of 1964, among other federal employment laws, into their employees' contracts and employee handbooks as well as in hiring policies. A federal judge recently decided in favor of a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against clothing chain Abercrombie & Fitch. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accused the retail chain of discriminating against a job applicant through their corporate "look policy."
A company that grows beyond fifteen employees must make sure that their sexual harassment policies are in line with federal employment law. Employers must craft anti-harassment policies and make sure all employees understand what sexual harassment is and that it is prohibited. Employees must also know how they can file a complaint and these complaints must be followed up on. An employer should realize that even if they follow the rules, they can still be held liable for their employees' bad behavior.
On Tuesday, a judge said that the lawsuit of a former star on the hit TV show, "Desperate Housewives," against ABC and the show's executive producer, Marc Cherry, could proceed to a jury trial. Nicollette Sheridan filed the lawsuit against the network and the show's creator in April 2010 claiming that Cherry sexually harassed her, hit her during an altercation, and fired her in retaliation for complaining about her treatment to her employers.
A new business owner in the midst of growing their business and about to make their first hire will no doubt be excited, but first-time employers need to pause before taking on employees. The previous post began to delve into the important considerations new business owners need to think about before they hire employees, as discussed in a recent article by Associated Press Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg.
A transgender New Jersey man has filed a lawsuit against his former employer for wrongful termination. According to a piece in Forbes, the case may be the first in the U.S. where a transgender person is claiming employment discrimination based on birth gender. The case no doubt will spark complicated employment issues for employers to consider.
A final version was released recently of amendments added to the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2008. The ADA was expanded in response to U.S. Supreme Court decisions that narrowly interpreted the law that is meant to protect people from discrimination in employment based on a disability. The new amendments were put in place to overturn those decisions.