Archive for EEO Update:
Retaliation Claims Steadily Rising to 36% of Charges
Retaliation claims, which have been steadily on the rise, is now the most asserted claim filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and accounted for 36 percent of charges filed in 2009.
Clicks & Sticks Training Tip™: Effective compliance training clearly prohibits retaliation, either explicit or implicit, and requires immediate escalation for prompt and effective action.
Tick, Tock…EEO-1 Reports are Due September 30, 2010
Tick, tock. Time is running out for filing EEO-1 reports which must be filed no later than September 30, 2010. The EEO-1 report is a government form that requires employers to describe their workforce in terms of job categories, ethnicities, races, and genders. The purpose of the EEO-1 report is to provide federal agencies with a way that they can see various indications of discrimination and take remedial actions if necessary.
Private employers with 100 or more employees, as well as private employers that have federal government contracts of $50,000 or more and 50 or more employees, must file an EEO-1 report every year with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s EEO-1 Joint Reporting Committee.
Covered employers who fail to file their EEO-1 report can incur severe penalties including large punitive fines and losing government contracts.
Clicks & Sticks Training Tip™: Training information about proper filing compliance and sample EEO-1 reports can be accessed at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Web site at www.eeoc.gov/employers/eeo1survey/index.cfm.
1 in 12 Women Still Experience Sexual Harassment at Work
Eight per cent of female workers feel sexually harassed at work, but less than half report it, while 11% of women feel “victimised” by their male boss, according to research from HR Consultancy Reabur. The most common form of sexual harassment was inappropriate comments (21%), however two per cent of respondents said they had been touched inappropriately. When questioned about why they had not reported incidents of sexual harassment, a third said they thought it would affect their career, while a fifth said they thought their complaint would not be taken seriously. A recent survey by Reuters and Ipsos found that one in 10 workers across the globe have been subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace.
Clicks & Sticks Training Tip™: Even though the harassment laws were passed in the last century, today harassment continues to take place at work around the globe. Effective training pays special attention to sexual harassment prevention through the use of relevant scenarios that resonate with the learners and escalation messages to immediately report the conduct.
Muslim Harassment Complaints Rising
Today is 911 of 2010. Still, allegations of employment discrimination by Muslim-Americans are on the rise, with the number of annual complaints more than doubling since 2004, according to the US EEOC. In 2009, the EEOC received 1,490 complaints from Muslims, the fifth straight year that the complaints rose. This trend could reflect a rise in workplace Islamophobia or an increase willingness to report discrimination on behalf of Muslims–or a combination of the two.
Clicks & Sticks Training Tip™: Dust off your company’s anti-harassment policy and make sure everyone in your organization is trained on how to prevent harassment of any kind and know where to where to report it. And remember, harassment is in the eye of the beholder–it’s all about how others perceive you and not your intent. Effective training teaches perception counts.