The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) has some very clear guidelines for the work environment. Abide by them! I suggest that you contact your local employment office for not only the EEOC information, but also any local and state guidelines that apply, including minimum wage and tip credit and payroll administration laws and guides.
To paraphrase these rules, you may not make any form of employment decision based on race, color, creed, gender, age, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. Simply stated, you must treat all people equally. This is United States of America, after all.
Most people who make EEOC and labor claims charge that the boss doesn’t care. After further investigation, most of these charges prove to be true. Simple caring is a good start to protecting your business against such claims. Creating the proper environment is critical to showing your staff that you care and reducing your risk. Your team members must be comfortable in coming to you and discussing any problems or concerns they may have. If you want, you can set appointments, or you can try an open-door policy.
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