Employees learn to:
The U.S. Supreme Court case, Kolstad v. American Dental Association, and subsequent cases have made clear that employers should train their employees how to avoid discrimination in the hiring processes. Indeed, in Matthis v. Phillips Chevrolet, Inc., the Seventh Circuit 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.
Clear Law Institute’s online course, Interviewing and Hiring Lawfully, teaches practical skills for lawfully and effectively interviewing applicants for hire or promotion. Course users learn how to:
All human resource professionals, supervisors, and managers should be required to take this training. In addition, any non-supervisory employee who is asked to interview an applicant or otherwise participate in the hiring process should be required to take this course.
The best way to learn is by doing. Through a series of scenarios and interactive exercises, users learn practical skills for conducting effective and lawful interviews and for properly documenting their interviews and hiring decisions. Two of the interactive exercises from the course are described below.
I. Interview Critique
One of your colleagues, Kelsey, recently interviewed an applicant for an open administrative assistant position. You watch the interview and decide if any of Kelsey’s questions or comments was potentially unlawful, or lawful but poorly phrased. For example, a few of Kelsey’s questions are listed below. Can you identify which ones are inappropriate and why?
II. Note taking
Well-taken interview notes allow you to later compare the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate. They can also help 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. In this section, you are asked to critique Kelsey’s interview notes.
Unlike most workplace harassment training providers, Clear Law Institute ensures that its training is accessible to users with disabilities as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Clear Law's training meets not only Section 508 requirements but also the strict requirements of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 Level AA Success Criteria.
The course can easily be customized to include an audio-visual message from your CEO, VP of HR, or other official in your organization. It can also include instruction on your organization’s specific policies relating to the hiring and promotion processes.