April 2019 Archives

Older workers facing discrimination with less protection

The number of older workers is on the rise, but so are claims of age discrimination. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects workers who are 40 and older from age discrimination, but the fastest-growing group of workers is at least 65 years old. Older people in Arizona may be more likely to keep working past traditional retirement age than previous generations, but they also face hurdles in the workplace.

How to properly document the harassment you endure at work

Harassment and discrimination can cost companies tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. To protect their bottom lines, most businesses have written policies on discrimination and harassment. Sadly, not every company abides by its stated policies, leaving workers' vulnerable and in the position where they have to stand up for themselves.

The workplace rumor mill and sexual harassment

For anyone assuming HR duties at a business in Arizona, it's important to take reliable complaints about inappropriate workplace behavior seriously. But there's something of a gray area when it comes to tips received from anonymous sources. One situation like this involved an anonymous email expressing concerns about the rapid advancement of a woman rumored to be having off-the-clock relations with the son of the company's CEO, who is also expected to head the company at some point.

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