Former NASCAR official Mauricia Grant has filed a $225 million suit against the racing giant, citing multiple instances of racial and sexual harassment. Grant, who is a young African American female, specifies 23 incidents of sexual harassment and 34 incidents of racial and gender discrimination. She says that she documented all of them at the time on an Excel spreadsheet created by her sister.
Grant charges that she was the target of repeated and continued harassment, lewd jokes, racial remarks and unwanted sexual advances. Allegedly, two NASCAR officials exposed themselves to her. NASCAR has disciplined the two officials, but denies the charges. NASCAR representatives also contend that Grant willingly participated in most of the exchanges. If true, her complaints suggest that NASCAR lags behind most employers in enforcing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
According to news reports, 25-year-old Wesley Higdon of Henderson had a dispute with his supervisor on the assembly line. The worker left, calling his girlfriend to tell her that he wanted to kill his boss. The girlfriend didn’t call police or warn anyone.
A new online tool unveiled by the US Department of Labor aims to simplify recordkeeping, reporting and notice requirements for employers. Employers – especially small business owners — have long criticized the federal government because they claimed it was nearly impossible to sort out which regulations applied to their business.
“These internet tools will make it easier for small business employers to learn about a d comply with the federal laws that apply to them, “ said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao.
Police in Illinois report two dead in another incident of violence in the workplace. On June 24 2008, a gunman entered the building and shot a woman. In turn, he was fatally wounded by police as he tried to escape from the building.
Episodes of workplace violence underscore the fact that employers should be prepared, according to OSHA. Along with plans for fire, flood and earthquake, every employer should have a procedure to handle violence.
The man apparently entered the Dolton business shortly after 2 pm and took the woman hostage. She was able to set off the panic alarm, which silently alerted police to a robbery or other crisis situation.
The US Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration or EBSA has extended the filing deadlines for employer sin a number of states affected by severe weather. Employers should note that the extensions apply only to operations affected by the weather, in regions that have been declared disaster areas by President Bush. Other employers in the areas must file as usual.
The extensions affect plan administrators, employers and others who regularly file Form 5500.