The Supreme Court case, Kolstad v. American Dental Association, and subsequent cases have made clear that employers should train their supervisors how to avoid workplace discrimination. Indeed, in the case Mathis v. Phillips Chevrolet, Inc., the Court of Appeals ruled that an employer’s failure to train supervisors how to avoid discrimination in the hiring process amounts to “reckless indifference” such that damages to punish the employer should be awarded.
In this 1-hour course, attendees will learn how to:
• Effectively interview applicants to determine their qualifications for the job using behavior-based interviewing techniques
• Avoid unlawful or poorly phrased questions and comments during the interview
• Select the best candidate and properly document the selection
The best way to learn is by doing. The class will be asked to watch an interview and decide if any of the interviewer’s questions or comments were potentially unlawful, or lawful but poorly phrased.
The class will also critique a set of interview notes. Well-taken interview notes allow you to compare the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate. They also can help support your decision to not hire a particular applicant if you are ever sued. However, inappropriate or poorly written notes can be used against your organization in a subsequent lawsuit.
Interviewing and Hiring Resources
All class participants are provided with the following resources:
• Table identifying lawful and unlawful questions on several topics
• Sample behavior-based interview questions on several topics
The course can be delivered on-site at your location or using webinar technology your supervisors can attend at their desks at a time convenient for them.
Employment Law for Supervisors Series
This course is part of the “Employment Law for Supervisors” series.