Employers: What Questions Should You Avoid in a Job Interview? Illegal and Discriminatory Questions

Certain questions are taboo for employers to ask in a job interview. The most obvious ones are questions that could be regarded as discrimination. If you ask these types of questions, you could be held liable if a discrimination lawsuit is brought against you.

Do not ask questions that intimate at anything to do with age, race, color, national origin or birthplace, religion, disability, genetic information, gender/sex or marital/family status/pregnancy. (EEOC)

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A Look Back on Sexual Harassment Charges in 2018

EEOC Sexual Harassment Charges Statistics Surged

The increase in sexual harassment lawsuits brought by the EEOC was 50 percent higher in 2018 than they were in 2017. The EEOC filed 66 harassment lawsuits, and of those, 41 involved allegations of sexual harassment.
New charges filed with the EEOC that alleged sexual harassment were more than 7,500, which was 12 percent higher than in 2017.

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A New NLRB Roadmap for Employee Handbooks

What Are the Current NLRB Handbook Guidelines for Employers?

Through a number of legal cases, including the 2004 Lutheran Heritage decision and later decisions, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) deemed certain employee handbook rules as unlawful. They adjudicated that they were in violation of employees Section 7 rights (right to self-organize and right to collective bargaining).

As a result, for a number of years workplace rules established by employers came under scrutiny and more harsh restrictions.

However, the NLRB MEMORANDUM GC 18-04, released on June 15, 2018, restored commonplace rules that previously were under attack.

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Have You Been Accused of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

Attorney Stephen Hans appeared in an NY NBC video to give a statement regarding the case brought against his client by rehab counselor Jennifer Lastra.
Growing Concerns About Sexual Harassment in Employment Environments

New York NBC News recently reported that more than $5 million has gone into settling lawsuits brought against 70 New York employees accused of sexual harassment or gender discrimination.
In addition, half of the accused employees have been allowed to keep their jobs.

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