Immediately address and correct racial slurs . . . or else

Nearly every Montana employer takes discrimination seriously and strives to keep it out of the workplace. But sometimes even the best intentions aren't enough. A recent case from the Montana Department of Labor and Industry's (DOLI) Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) should serve as a stark reminder that the details are critical. If an employee alleges discrimination, your investigation should be thorough and consistent, and your remedy must be adequate. If the employee who is the target of the alleged discrimination has unrelated performance issues, you must be careful about the timing of any disciplinary measures and ensure that they're completely unrelated to the employee's reporting of the bias.

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