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Lecture 4 After covering the seven fundamental building blocks and staffing, we turned our attention to compliance  with employment and wage/hour law.  What are the legal guidelines and regulations employers must  follow in making employment decisions?  How can you avoid discrimination in hiring?  How can you avoid  paying people unfairly?  How can you ensure hourly employees receive all the benefits they earn?  How  can you create a work environment that is safe and free from harassment?  Answers to these questions  are guided by our knowledge of particular equal employment opportunity laws ("employment laws") and  various state wage/hour laws.     Why is it important to know about these laws?  First, you need to know them so as an employer or  manager, you don't violate them.  For example, Wal-Mart paid its California hourly workers $172 million in  damages for denying them their 30-minute lunch breaks.  Violation of these laws can be very expensive.   Second and more important, as a future employee you need to know what rights you have so that you  know you are being treated fairly.  It doesn't make business sense for employers to hire the wrong people  because they are of a desired race or sex, and it certainly doesn't make business sense to violate these  laws and be charged with multi-million-dollar lawsuits.  So let's be clear about what these laws are and  what they mean for employers.   The US Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in  Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act to prevent discrimination against groups of  people who historically were denied employment and other economic benefits in the workplace (e.g., pay,  training, promotion) because of their membership in a minority or disadvantaged subgroup.  Together,  these laws dictate that an employer cannot deny someone employment or make an employment-related  decision on the basis of a person's sex, age, race, religion, national original, or disability status.  By  passing these laws, Congress is basically saying there is no inherent advantage to being a member of a  certain subgroup (e.g., males, Whites/Caucasians) over other subgroups in qualifications for  employment.  In other words, all subgroups within a class are equal in qualifications, on average.  Another  way to put it is, what can males do that all females cannot do?  What can a White person do that people  of all other races cannot do?  There is no inherent advantage to being male, White, Christian, American- born, or young.  Sure, there are individual differences in the KSAs within each of these subgroups, but the 
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