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$450,000 Sexual Harassment Settlement Highlights the Seriousness of the Problem

HRWatchdog

Nearly one-third of all EEOC complaints are sex discrimination charges (which includes sexual harassment). Employers are well aware that sexual harassment is unlawful under both California and federal law, but that doesn’t stop the problem from occurring.

The Tone Starts at the Top: Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

HRWatchdog

Statistics show that sexual harassment remains a big problem for employers. Sexual harassment is not a problem of the past. Lately, it seems that not a week goes by without another news report on allegations of rampant harassment at high-profile companies.

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Why Isn’t Workplace Sexual Harassment Training Working?

HR Daily Advisor

As I write this article, the newspapers and airwaves are filled with more reports of alleged sexual harassment in workplaces around the country. It’s as though the media has suddenly discovered a whole new world of discrimination to report on.

$450,000 Sexual Harassment Settlement Highlights the Seriousness of the Problem

HRWatchdog

Nearly one-third of all EEOC complaints are sex discrimination charges (which includes sexual harassment). Employers are well aware that sexual harassment is unlawful under both California and federal law, but that doesn’t stop the problem from occurring.

$1.47 Million Awarded to California Workers in Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Case

HRWatchdog

Ignoring employee complaints of sexual harassment could cost you a lot! Think that sexual harassment is a problem of the past? Sexual harassment charges still make up 17 percent of all charges received by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Tips to Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

HR Daily Advisor

Nearly everyone knows that sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal. But not everyone knows exactly what constitutes sexual harassment, and what employers can do to prevent it. Legal Definition of Sexual Harassment.

Job blackmail is not the quickest way to a girl’s heart

OmegaHR Solutions

Sexual harassment is not the best way to get a girlfriend. Over the history of mankind men have tried multiple ways to woe women. Using the “power and position” ploy often does not work and as you might suspect the worker refused his advances. The Settlement.

Is Workplace Bullying Illegal?

HR Counselor's Corner

Workplace bullying is on the rise. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines bullying as “abuse and mistreatment of someone vulnerable by someone stronger or more powerful,” In the workplace, that could include verbal or written teasing, intimidation, or threats to cause harm.

Not enough money spent in HR teaching the rules

OmegaHR Solutions

Managers need training that will prevent discrimination lawsuits. I read a lot of articles and newsletters from law firms and the government looking for topics for this blog. Here is a list from the EEOC : ABL Management to Pay $35,000 to Settle Retaliation Lawsuit with EEOC.

Huge $5M EEOC settlement spotlights an enforcement priority that you may be overlooking

The Employer Handbook

In late December of 2012, the EEOC approved its Strategic Enforcement Plan for 2013-2016. Sadly, one of the agency’s enforcement priorities has been ignored on this blog. Last week, the EEOC’s enforcement efforts paid off with a $5 million settlement.

California Moves to Amend Discrimination and Harassment Regulations

HRWatchdog

The California Fair Employment and Housing Council continues to move forward with proposed amendments to Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) Regulations, and the public is invited to submit comments to the recent modifications. FEHA prohibits harassment and discrimination based on protected classes. Required content, dissemination and translation of harassment and discrimination policies. on May 26, 2015.

Should an Office Romance Be Allowed at Work?

Stratus

According to a 2015 Vault Office Romance survey , 51% of workers admitted to being in an office romance at some point in their career. Since they’re probably already happening, a better strategy is to be aware of the dangers and to have a plan in your back pocket of how to cautiously handle any workplace love connections. Although they make work much more exciting for the couple involved, office romances provide a number of workplace issues.

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Forced Pagan Ritual Ends in Discrimination Lawsuit for Virginia Employer

HR Daily Advisor

With a shortage of Catholic priests—and younger priests not looking at the task too favorably —there aren’t too many people left who will perform an exorcism. Whether you believe in demon possession or not, one thing is certain: The task is definitely not something for HR professionals!

EEOC Releases Annual Performance and Accountability Report

HRWatchdog

The EEOC obtained more than $525 million for victims of discrimination in the workplace in fiscal year 2015. According to the EEOC’s Report, the agency obtained a record $356.16 The EEOC continued to build a strong systemic enforcement system.

5 more reasons why your workplace anti-harassment training is ineffective

The Employer Handbook

“There’s Little Evidence Sexual Harassment Trainings Work,” wrote Madison Pauly in this article at Mother Jones. Pauly notes that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received over 162,000 EEOC Charges of Discrimination between 2010 and 2015. Here’s my hot take on five more reasons why your workplace anti-harassment training is ineffective. First , you bought flood insurance after the flood.

Top 10 Problems with Office Romances????

HRWatchdog

In Vault.com’s 2015 Office Romance Survey? , Although employers should generally avoid inquiring into an employee’s off-duty activities, particularly in the absence of a showing of any impact at work, an employer may rightly be concerned about liability related to workplace romances. One concern for employers is that if the relationship goes bad — and many will — one of the employees may bring a claim for sexual harassment or sexual discrimination.

Can an Employer Prohibit Employees from Dating One Another?

HR Daily Advisor

For many, the workplace is a prime opportunity to meet someone you may eventually have a romantic interest in. However, employers may have another opinion on the matter. What Are the Potential Pitfalls of Employee Romances? The employers may fear: Productivity losses.

Bullying In The Workplace – Facing Big Bad Bosses

TalentCulture

The amount of information you can find on bully boss behavior is staggering. There are thousands of internet links on the subject, not to mention books, support groups, organizations, and legal funds dedicated to this specific form of bad boss behavior. And is this really the answer?

The other side of the coin on the appropriate response to harassment

Ohio Employer's Law

Last week I discussed the importance of a timely and effective remedial response by an employer to an employee’s harassment complaint. Today, I examine the other side of the coin—what happens when an employer does not take proactive steps to eliminate harassment from the workplace.

EEOC Examines Strategies to Reduce Retaliation in the Workplace

HRWatchdog

A panel of experts recently met with the commissioners of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to discuss ways to prevent and rectify retaliation in the workplace. Every year, claims of retaliation top the list of the most frequent charges filed with the EEOC, accounting for almost 43 percent of all claims filed in 2014. California law protects workers’ rights to discuss their pay (as does the National Labor Relations Act).

Why Workplace Harassment Persists—And What Employers Can Do About It

HR Daily Advisor

Complaints of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct have dominated the news recently with allegations ranging from sexual threats, to groping, to sexual assault. But less offensive acts, if repeated frequently, can add up to sexual harassment.

Social Media Policy 101: What Personal Social Media Actions Can be Restricted?

HR Daily Advisor

For employers creating a social media policy, generally speaking, it’s fine to: Restrict the ability to talk publicly about anything confidential within the organization. However, ensure that the policy is not overly broad in defining what is deemed to be confidential information.

A Balancing Act: How to Manage Social Media in the Workplace

Namely

The push and pull of social media monitoring is a difficult one to manage. As an HR manager, your relationship with an employee or a prospective employee’s social media profile must have the right amount of intimacy and distance. To be on the safe side, leave the password alone.

A lesson in how NOT to respond to a harassment complaint

Ohio Employer's Law

Diana Retuerto worked in the office of Berea Moving & Storage. She claimed that the company’s owner, Willard Melton, made “verbal advances” towards her, including comments about dreams he was having about her, her physical appearance, and questions about her makeup and hair. After Retuerto reached her limit, she quit and sued for sexual harassment. Obviously, condoning acts of sexual harassment as a “mid-life crisis” is a horrible idea. harassment

What Is the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act?

HR Daily Advisor

While Title VII of the Civil Rights Act already prohibits gender-based discrimination, including pay discrimination, there was an unfortunate problem created by a court interpretation back in 2007. This all came about from a decision in the case of Ledbetter v.

holding a work party at Hooters

Ask a Manager

The background: A couple of years ago my friend was doing a post-degree certificate in HR through a reputable (but mid-sized local) community college. Just before the end of the fall semester, her fellow students decided to have a Christmas party and invited all the students in the cohort as well as all the professors and some admin staff to attend. The party was held at Hooters. The heated discussion: I think this story is ludicrous (!)

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LGBT Workers Report Bullying at Work

HRWatchdog

Common examples of workplace bullying given in the survey include: Falsely accused of mistakes (61 percent). Bullying doesn’t necessarily lead to unlawful harassment or discrimination, but it can. Do not wait until you have a case of unlawful harassment on your hands.

EEOC Examines Strategies to Reduce Retaliation in the Workplace

HRWatchdog

A panel of experts recently met with the commissioners of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to discuss ways to prevent and rectify retaliation in the workplace. Every year, claims of retaliation top the list of the most frequent charges filed with the EEOC, accounting for almost 43 percent of all claims filed in 2014. California law protects workers’ rights to discuss their pay (as does the National Labor Relations Act).

Is digital “shunning” illegal retaliation?

Ohio Employer's Law

Wired tells the story of an Australian tribunal, which ruled that an employee was illegally bullied at work, in part because a co-worker had unfriended her on Facebook. Transfer this case to America, and assume that the employee is claiming retaliation based on the unfriending. Supposed Employee-A complains to HR that Employee-B is sexually harassing her, and, as soon as Employee-B finds out about the complaint, he unfriends Employee-A on Facebook.

Five for ’15: The legal issues that need to be on your radar

Ohio Employer's Law

Personally, December is my favorite time of the year. I love the joy and togetherness of the holiday season. After we’ve decked the halls and sung the last bars of Auld Lang Syne , companies get back to work, including the work of managing their most important asset—their employees. Now that business is back in session, employers need to figure out the issues that will keep them up at night over the next 12 months. In 2015, the U.S.

Employment Law Blog Carnival: The Wreck of the Old 97 Edition #ELBC#ELBC

Ohio Employer's Law

On September 27, 1903, the Old 97, a Southern Railway mail train running between Washington DC and Atlanta, Georgia, derailed near Danville, Virginia. The wreck inspired a famous ballad (most famously covered by Johnny Cash and Hank Williams III ), which, in turn, inspired the Old 97’s to name their band some 70 years later. I’m not shy with my love for the Old 97’s. And it’s not just the jangly vibe that kills on an album, or in a bar, or in a concert hall.

Co-working spaces: What every employer needs to know

Insperity

When co-working first came on the market, these workplaces were mainly marketed to independent contractors, freelancers and IT start-ups. The communal nature of co-working offices gave the self-employed some of the traditional benefits of working in a team environment, such as collaboration and professional interaction. Co-working office spaces will likely continue to grow in popularity as more and more businesses discover the conveniences they offer.

Employment Law Blog Carnival: The “Wreck of the Old 97” Edition #ELBC

Ohio Employer's Law

On September 27, 1903, the Old 97, Southern Railway mail train running between Washington DC and Atlanta, Georgia, derailed near Danville, Virginia. The wreck inspired a famous ballad (most famously covered by Johnny Cash and Hank Williams III ), which, in turn, inspired the Old 97’s to name their band some 70 years later. I’m not shy with my love for the Old 97’s. And it’s not just the jangly vibe that kills on an album, or in a bar, or in a concert hall.

Review of the Trump Administration’s First Year: Aggressive Agency Action

HR Daily Advisor

The past year has included many expected moves by the Trump administration, such as the reversal of some of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) controversial decisions under the Obama administration, as well as several unexpected developments among several agencies.

Announcing the WorkHuman 2019 Agenda

WorkHuman

We are now less than six months away from the most exciting HR and leadership event of the year – WorkHuman ! The conference will take over the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, March 18-21, for WorkHuman’s fifth anniversary. Cy Wakeman – everyone’s favorite workplace drama researcher – will also appear on the WorkHuman stage. I’m lucky enough to be a part of the team that helps craft the agenda for WorkHuman. By Sarah Payne —.