Touches on the shoulder, staring, offensive remarks, and overly personal questions in the break room. Yes, those in-person situations are not with us when we work remotely, but watch out. An evolving workplace environment presents a heightened set of issues. And every company needs to be prepared.
The 6th Circuit (which covers Michigan and Ohio employers) recently provided employers with fresh guidance on what workplace actions may be considered “based on sex” and how severe and frequent the circumstances must be to create liability for a hostile work environment claim. Facts Nicole Massey began working for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department […]
Some workplace cases provide multiple lessons about employment discrimination. Recently, the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota—rendered a decision providing guidance on discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
New England Patriots signal caller Tom Brady is arguably the best quarterback of all time. Many have referred to him as the GOAT: greatest of all time. That is because of his many Super Bowl victories, the records he has broken, and the fact he has been at the top of his game for 20 […]
The Illinois Workplace Transparency Act (WTA), which institutes new sexual harassment training requirements, is to take effect in January 2020.
It should go without saying that most employers want to create an environment free from all types of harassment. Not only do they not want to be held liable for such behavior, it’s also simply the right thing to do. That said, fostering a workplace culture that allows harassing behaviors may happen more often than […]
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from a hostile work environment. People use buzzwords such as “severe and pervasive” to describe hostile environment harassment, but what does that mean?
An unfortunate emerging issue for employers is the rise of workplace shootings. Even courts and judges have taken note in their judicial opinions that workplace violence is increasing. Of course, employees may be exposed to different degrees of violence at work. Workplace shootings are on the extreme end of the spectrum.
Individuals who claim to have experienced sexual harassment typically file claims under Title VII and any state-specific acts that might apply such as the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA). But those aren’t the only potential legal claims an individual can level against an employer (or former employer). In some instances, the alleged conduct supporting a […]
In November 2018, tens of thousands of Google employees around the world walked out in protest over the company’s handling of sexual harassment claims, among other grievances.