Category: Harassment

When it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace, you can’t be too careful. HR Daily Advisor gives you background on the federal and state guidelines and essential elements of an anti-harassment policy and program. Get analysis, news, training tips for managers and employees, and more.

It’s Checkup Time for Your Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedures

Well-written harassment complaint procedures and policies often make the difference between a successful defense and big-dollar settlements and judgments, says today’s expert. Tom O’Day, an attorney with the Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., says a recent case showed that an inadequate harassment complaint mechanism exposes employers to liability. Burger King Manager Won’t Stop […]

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Gender Discrimination Lawsuits: Essentials to Avoid Them

In yesterday’s Advisor, we looked at definitions of many common terms in the confusing world of gender discrimination. Today, some tips for avoiding the lawsuits that come in all these varieties. There’s bad news on the gender discrimination front for employers: When cases do go before a jury, judgments have skyrocketed. For example, in 1991 […]

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Gender orientation, Gender identification, Gender expression: A Sexual Harassment Glossary for Today

Sex discrimination used to seem simple (or so it appeared) but it has morphed into a miasma of complexity—transexuality, gender identity, gay, straight, transgender. What do these terms mean? How are they used? Here’s what you need to know: Before you begin talking sexual harassment to supervisors, employees, or lawyers, you need to get your […]

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Retaliation: 6 Steps to Prevent It

Yesterday’s Advisor talked about one of the dumbest, yet most prevalent, management actions—retaliation. Today, let’s talk about how to prevent it. Let’s admit it—nothing feels as good as planning retaliation. And nothing can make you feel as bad if you actually go through with it. So what can you do to stop managers from acting […]

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Where’s the Line Between Harassing and Not Harassing?

Yesterday’s Advisor gave tips for preventing harassment. But there’s always the lingering question, What’s harassment and what isn’t? In many cases of harassment, the question is where the line lies between permitted and forbidden actions. In fact, the law maintains that harassment is really defined by the victim—it doesn’t matter what the harasser’s intentions are—it’s […]

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Who’s Harassing Whom in Your Company—Right Now?

Multimillion dollar harassment settlements and judgments just keep on coming. Recent headlines run the gamut from “Unwanted Touching at McDonalds” to “Harassment at Madison Square Garden.” How can HR help? Is harassment happening at your workplace? Has it continued over time? If so, experts offer two explanations as to why: Either management is unaware (unlikely} […]

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Does Harassment Training Actually Provoke Lawsuits?

Some managers believe that if they train in how to recognize harassment, unaware employees will start to see it and sue. A new study tells if they’re right. Are you a graduate of the “Ostrich School of Management?” It’s easy to figure out which managers are. They’re the ones who think that if they take […]

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A Tool to Train in the Wider Aspects of Sexual Harassment

Most employees likely think of harassment in male vs. female terms. A new BLR interactive CD-ROM training course will make them conscious of a wider perspective. Ask your employees, or even your supervisors, for an example of “sexual harassment,” and you’ll likely hear the best-known version of it … a male showering a female with […]

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Nontraditional Sex Harassment Cases on the Increase

While male-female sexual harassment cases still predominate, same-sex and other forms of harassment are a growing trend. And often, there’s no sex involved. When the term “sexual harassment” comes up, many people might think of scenes from the movie “9 to 5.” In that classic film, an overbearing, over-leering boss (played by Dabney Coleman) constantly […]

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39 Years after Dr. King’s Death … Discrimination in Employment Fight Continues

Society has been fighting discrimination in employment based on race, gender and disability for decades. New studies show the fight is far from over. Today marks the 39th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a sad day for America. But the sadness is leavened by the progress in the fight against […]

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