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.

Managers’ Myths about Sexual Harassment

Seems like managers would have gotten the message about sexual harassment, but many are still confused. Here are the facts about some of the most prevalent myths, taken from BLR’s Total Training Resource: Sexual Harassment. Myth–Harassment is something supervisors do to subordinates. Fact–Any employee can commit sexual harassment, including supervisors, subordinates to supervisors, and co-workers.  […]

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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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Accommodation: What Should We Consider When Addressing Employees with Disabilities?

We’re encountering challenging disability accommodation situations because of differences in California and federal law. Is the California definition of “disability” always going to be more favorable to employees than federal law? I also don’t understand why whether a person has a disability is determined under California law without considering mitigating measures. If a person is […]

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Workplace Bullying: Do You Have Any Advice on Recognizing and Preventing Bullying at Work?

We have an “aggressive” employee who seems to make her co-workers uncomfortable by loudly criticizing them; we think we have a bully on our staff. Is workplace bullying illegal? Do you have any tips for us to recognize and prevent bullying at work? Thanks. — Sara R., Oakland   Bullying exists on school playgrounds, but […]

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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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Employment Law Tip: Three Ways to Manage Workplace Romance

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, romance is in the air—and maybe even in the workplace. But while workplace romance may be a nice diversion for those involved, it can create some big risks for employers. This can include the threat of sexual harassment lawsuits when a relationship sours, lowered productivity, and even diminished morale […]

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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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