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How should an employer respond to discrimination?

Discrimination in the workplace should never be tolerated. There are many laws in place to help Indiana employers, but even if you do follow the law, you may still be vulnerable to discrimination claims. This is why you should take extra steps to create a welcoming and friendly workplace environment.

According to Monster, there are some specific ideas you can implement in your business to help prevent discrimination from occurring. These range from creating an environment where discrimination cannot happen to encouraging diversity among your employees. One specific idea is to create policies that encourage diversity in work groups. Reward those who show initiative in creating diversity and who work well with others who are different from them.

Understanding the dangers of workplace romance

Everybody wants to find a suitable mate, and when you spend 40 hours a week at the office, your eye might naturally turn to your colleagues for romantic prospects. While this is an understandable impulse, anybody who has been on the receiving end of such attention knows that it is often uncomfortable at best. According to Fast Company, such dalliances might boost productivity, but they are rarely as harmless as you might imagine.

The following are some of the most common reasons why dating in the workplace can be a disastrous endeavor. When things go wrong, it is likely to negatively impact both parties, so it is best to keep things strictly professional when you are at work.

What is a nondisclosure agreement?

When you start a new job in Indiana, you may be asked to sign a nondisclosure agreement. Before you sign, it is important to understand what exactly the document is and how it may affect you and your career. According to Forbes, a nondisclosure agreement is designed to protect confidential information. It may be used by an employer to ensure you cannot share with anyone anything you learn or become exposed to while on the job.

Most agreements contain specific elements that spell out the details. They include what is covered as confidential and what is excluded. In addition, they must include the names of those involved. For an employer's NDA, this would usually be the employer's name and your name.

Understanding what behaviors constitute workplace harassment

While you may excel at performing assigned job tasks, working with people you do not get along with can make things challenging. Understanding the types of behavior that qualify as workplace harassment can help you protect your personal safety and the reputation of your career in Indiana. At John H. Haskin & Associates LLC, we are familiar with what is and is not appropriate in a workplace setting.

The United States Department of Labor shared a list of behaviors and mannerisms that pose a threat to you if you are the recipient of such actions. These include the following:

  • Excessive complimenting in regards to your physical appearance.
  • Public display of sexually sensitive material in your view.
  • Hostile physical behavior that is threatening to your safety.
  • The use of crude language, inappropriate lingo and foul gestures in communications with you.
  • Physical contact that is unnecessary, excessive or unwanted.
  • Damaging or demeaning the work you have done in private or public.

3 ways employers avoid paying overtime

Overtime can be lucrative for employees who are willing to put in the extra hours, but some employees are surprised when they find they are not compensated for their additional work. There are some circumstances in which overtime laws are not applicable, but in most cases, if you work more than 40 hours in a given week, your employer must adjust your compensation rate accordingly. These are three ways companies commonly try to avoid it.

Use salary as an excuse

3 misconceptions about national origin discrimination

Workplace harassment, unfortunately, takes many forms. You may face discrimination because of your age, race, beliefs or the country you are from. The latter of these — national origin — is, in fact, a common motivation for discriminatory actions in the workplace. If your colleagues or employers mock your nationality or assumed nationality, you are dealing with an unacceptable problem.

A person’s national origin is a protected status under the Equal Employment Opportunity act, though. This means that harassment like this is legally actionable. Still, many victims have questions about their rights. The following are three of the most common misconceptions about discrimination on the basis of national origin.

3 job candidates who may face age discrimination

Finding a good job is a challenge for many people nowadays. Full-time positions with benefits have been outsourced in some cases, and it seems that employers have increasingly relied on the willingness of young, less experienced job seekers to fill positions and accept low wages. This has led to age discrimination, and there are some kinds of candidates who might be most likely to experience this.

Previous stay-at-home moms

Are your employer’s actions unfair or unlawful?

If you have been fired from a job in Indiana, you may wonder whether the actions taken against you were unlawful or simply unfair. It can be difficult to understand the difference between the two, but doing so can help you determine whether you have been a victim of wrongful termination or merely had an unkind boss.

 

Indiana law on age discrimination

Discrimination in the workplace does not only happen if you are of a different race or religion. It can also happen if you are in your later years of life. This is called age discrimination.

Although there is an increase in senior workers due to a longer lifespan and fluctuating economy, there has not been a matching rise in the respectful treatment of older employees like you. Be aware of age discrimination laws in Indiana to protect your employment rights.

Understanding mental disability discrimination in the workplace

The Americans with Disabilities Act is not only for those with physical impairments. The law extends also to those who have mental disabilities. In Indiana, this means that companies with at least 15 employees cannot discriminate against you based on certain mental conditions.

Having a clear understanding of what the law means can help you prevent or recognize discrimination from your employer.

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