Here’s Why You Need to Take All Forms of Discrimination Seriously

By Eric B. Meyer

Here are 100,000 reasons to take all forms of discrimination seriously. And, that includes discrimination against men.

Remember my January post about the EEOC suing Ruby Tuesday, alleging that the restaurant chain discriminated against male employees for temporary assignments? Well, that case just settled for $100K!

But, wait! There’s more…

What the EEOC said

Look at this from a recent EEOC press release:

The company will provide training to all of its managers and employees on Title VII and job assignments in the nine-state area covered by the EEOC’s lawsuit for the duration of the three-year decree. This includes an estimated 1,600 managers and employees at 49 different locations. Ruby Tuesday will also report its training efforts to the EEOC, and post reminders of this resolution on its website and at its restaurants.

“Ruby Tuesday will take affirmative steps to make sure its managers do not make gender-based employment decisions again, even if it only involves temporary summer assignments,” said EEOC San Francisco Regional Attorney William R. Tamayo. “All managers and employees should know that making personnel decisions based on an employee’s sex is rarely permitted under federal law.”

What employers need to do

I read and review many employee handbooks. Generally, most anti-harassment policies I see meet the minimum requirements.

But, more often than not, companies take a cookie-cutter approach and focus on sexual harassment, while giving short-shrift to other forms of unlawful discrimination.

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I get it. Hostile work environment claims tend to be the ones that most often affect the existing workforce. So, grab the low-hanging fruit.

But, if you have one of these generic policies, consider an enhanced version (at least for managers), which addresses some of the less common — but equally unlawful ways — in which bias can create problems for you and your workforce. And pair that policy with training to drive point home.

You’ll be glad that you did.

You can get more from Eric B. Meyer on his The Employer Handbook blog.

You know that scientist in the action movie who has all the right answers if only the government would just pay attention? Eric B. Meyer, Esq. gets companies HR-compliant before the action sequence. Serving clients nationwide, Eric is a Partner at FisherBroyles, LLP, which is the largest full-service, cloud-based law firm in the world, with approximately 210 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Eric is also a volunteer EEOC mediator, a paid private mediator, and publisher of The Employer Handbook (, which is pretty much the best employment law blog ever. That, and he's been quoted in the British tabloids. #Bucketlist.


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  2. I see white men being discriminated against in every single televsion commercial on these days. Why is my race/sex not being represented equally? all I see is black men next to white women and if there is a white man he is being represented without a face being seen as in quartering away or in some derogatory way. Also the fact that white men that have worked hard to earn a name and status in this country are being forced to give said accomplishments away against their will to you guessed it black men. what ever happened to having the right to pursue life and liberty? and being free from oppression this discrimination needs to be taken more seriously!

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