Unchecked manager racism:

a $1M mistake

The EEOC sued a Houston oil company, saying its managers often hurled racial slurs at black employees and assigned black workers to lower-paying jobs.

Retaliation also flourished.

When a black employee reported a racist social media post shared by employees, he was fired. Before the case went to a jury, the company settled, agreeing to pay nine black workers a total of $1.2 million.

Recent racial justice protests forced many employers to reevaluate the treatment of their minority employees and provide fresh training on unconscious bias.

Now’s the time to reiterate your antidiscrimination policies to employees and to remind managers about the harsh consequences of violating those rules.

Turning a blind eye to racist managers and then punishing employees who speak up about in-house racism is a costly error. It lowers morale, increases turnover and allows a malignant culture to grow. It also can lead to huge legal judgments.

Information provided by The HR Specialist

Do you know about Alternative HR's Respect at Work initiative?

This is a multi-phased approach to addressing societal and workplace issues including racism, sexism, ageism, LGBTQ and gender identity.


Phase 1: Respect at Work: Leader's Edition

An open and honest discussion with your executives, managers, and supervisors about their roles, responsibilities and liabilities related to creating and maintaining a work environment that is not only free from illegal and inappropriate behavior, but one which actively promotes respect, diversity and inclusion.


Phase 2: Respect at Work: Team Edition

Once leaders understand your organization's initiative, it's time to get all of your team on-board. They need to know that their leaders have their best interests at heart. They need to know how they can expect to be treated, and how they are expected to treat others. They need to know that your organization understands, and takes these matters seriously.


Phase 3: Respect at Work: Strategic Challenge

What you do next depends on the strategy you pursue. We can provide resources, facilitate discussions, conduct organizational surveys that may expose hidden problems and biases, analyze the equity/disparity of your pay, hiring and employment practices, guide your complaint investigations, and even provide one-on-one coaching when needed.


It's time to do more than we've done! Creating an environment of respect, inclusion and diversity takes more than a policy and occasional lip service. It is time to do more in your organization!


For details & pricing, give us a call today at 605.335.8198!

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Michelle Stubkjaer

Human Resources Consultant

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HR News Alert!

IRS Raises Standard Mileage Rates for Second Half of 2022

For the first time since 2011, the IRS has made a mid-year adjustment to the optional mileage rate used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and certain other purposes. The agency said the change is in recognition of recent gasoline price increases.


Rate Increase

In Announcement2022-13, released June 9, 2022, the IRS increased the standard mileage rate for the final six months of 2022, starting July 1. During that period, the standard mileage rate for business travel will be 62.5 cents per mile, up four cents from the rate effective at the start of the year.


The new rate for deductible medical or moving expenses (available for active-duty members of the military) will be 22 cents for the remainder of 2022, up four cents from the rate effective at the start of 2022.

The rate for charitable organizations is set by statute and will remain unchanged at 14 cents per mile.



The optional business standard mileage rate is used to compute the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business use, in lieu of tracking actual costs. It is based on the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile, such as fuel, depreciation and insurance. The rate is also used as a benchmark by the federal government and businesses to reimburse their employees for mileage.


Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates.

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