When a small business owner offers employment to a candidate, it can be one of the best feelings in the world for both sides. But what happens if somewhere along the process, mistakes are made that can eventually come back to harm the business?
Even worse, what happens if the same mistakes get repeated over time - resulting in catastrophic financial losses and disruption of the business?
Even though it is difficult to admit, we have unconscious biases that influence our interactions and decisions in the workplace. If we do not check those biases, organizational leaders and HR professionals might create unintended outcomes.
I can often draw upon my years of experience as an employment lawyer to predict from reading the first paragraph of a federal court opinion how the court is going to decide the discrimination claim before it.
Let’s see what you think.
I like to think about myself as being a good ally. But I still have a lot to learn. I have relied on my own reality and experiences and made assumptions that other people's experience is similar. It's not. Not even a little.
Actually, it depends.
Here’s how it works for non-federal-sector employees:
An employee must file a charge of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within 180 calendar days from the day the discrimination took place.
Suppose that your former employee files a Charge of Discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After an investigation, the EEOC concludes that there is probable cause that your company violated one or more of the federal anti-discrimination laws that the agency is tasked with enforcing.
1. Don’t Ignore It!
We all know that not all bias is conscious. Some bias is unconscious—often, referred to as implicit bias.
This means that we may be engaging in bias without even knowing we are doing so. This is most likely to occur when we make snap judgments.
SHRM Connect is an online community where SHRM members can ask questions and get answers on a variety of HR topics. It’s a great place to network with other HR professionals and share solutions.
The conversation topics range from “HR Department of One” to Employment Law, are always insightful, and deal with some of the most pressing issues that HR professionals face in the workplace today.
Strong employment policies are crucial to any organization and should be updated regularly. Changing regulations, new case law and technology advances can quickly result in outdated, inefficient or non-compliant policies. Here are three policies that I recommend you review in light of recent events:
1. Electronic Communications Policies
SHRM Connect is an online community where SHRM members can ask questions and get answers on a variety of HR topics. It’s a great place to network with other HR professionals and share solutions. The conversation topics range from “HR Department of One” to employment law, are always insightful and deal with some of the most pressing issues that HR professionals are dealing with today in their workplaces.