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.

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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Downsizing: How Can We Prevent Unfounded Lawsuits After RIFs?

Our company is going to go through a prolonged period of significant downsizing. A recent seminar told us to expect a retaliatory wave of unfounded allegations, grievances, and lawsuits by disgruntled employees. Can you suggest steps we can take to protect ourselves against these attacks? Should we retain specialists? What do you recommend we do?  […]

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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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Sexual Harassment: An Interactive Tool to Keep You Out of Trouble

An engaging program uses interactivity to help keep your employees from crossing that oh-so-important line into the danger zone. A recent Daily Advisor explained the concept of “preventive law,” which, like preventive medicine, seeks to avoid workplace legal trouble before it happens. There’s a lot of trouble to prevent. As the story noted, defending the […]

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You’ve Been Charged With Discrimination! Now What?

If an EEOC “Notice of Charge of Discrimination” lands on your desk, don’t panic. Here’s what you should do. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday we celebrate today, devoted his life to fighting discrimination. He likely would have been proud to see what has been achieved, often in his name … the creation of […]

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Sexual Orientation: New Law Expands Protections

Governor Schwarzenegger recently signed S.B. 1441, which expands discrimination protections for individuals in programs or activities conducted, operated, or administered by the state or state agency, or that’s funded directly by the state, or receives any financial assistance from the state. This includes programs such as workers’ compensation and unemployment and disability insurance. Join us […]

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15-Year Sexual Harassment Report Card Brings Good News and Bad News for Employers

Lawsuits are down, but judgments are up, and training remains the answer October 2006 marks 15 years since the term “sexual harassment” entered the American lexicon in a big way. Americans came to know it through the testimony of Anita Hill, as she complained about alleged unwelcome advances from her ex-boss, now-Supreme Court Justice Clarence […]

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Sexual Harassment: It Also Damages the Team

A new study shows what effect sexual harassment has on workplace teams. In a word: Conflict If you need another reason to quell sexual harassment in your workplace, beyond a potentially monster lawsuit, Jana L. Rever and Michele J. Gelfand have it for you. Rever and Gelfand, both associated with university business schools, conducted a […]

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