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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. Lessons Learned.

$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).

$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.

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.

Today’s Sexual Harassment Case: Elf v. Santa

HR Daily Advisor

Drelling shared the story of a sexual harassment complaint in Santa’s workshop and how the company handled it so very ho ho horribly wrong; today, Drelling shares how the company should’ve handled the situation with this mall Santa. Learn More.

Why Do Some Get Away With Sexual Harassment

Workplace Coach

How do they get away with sexually harassing those who work for them? Here’s why: The CEO/”star” exemption. More than thirty women accused the 65-year old Weinstein of harassment. His sexual misconduct, including rape allegations, constituted an open secret, publically joked about during the 2013 Oscars. One accuser described the balance of power as me: 0, Harvey Weinstein: 10. Did harassment cost Ailes, O’Reilly or Weinstein?

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.

HR Basics: Temp Employees Really Need Anti-Harassment Training, Too

TLNT: The Business of HR

As one employer found out, it’s easy to slip up when training (or not training, as the case may be) temporary workers. For example, in this recent case , a temporary employee alleged that she was a victim of sexual harassment. Meyer’s blog, The Employer Handbook.

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.

Workplace Harassment Focus of EEOC Meeting

HRWatchdog

Workplace harassment is alleged in approximately 30 percent of all charges filed with the U.S. By identifying underlying problems in workplaces and industries where we see recurring patterns of harassment, we are developing strategies that focus on targeted outreach and education as well as systemic enforcement to promote broader voluntary compliance,” Yang said at the EEOC’s meeting on January 14. Unlawful harassment does not just mean sexual harassment.

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.

Time’s Up: I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar

HR Daily Advisor

“So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! Let’s be clear, 2017 was the year of the woman. Don’t just talk the talk, do the walk. This not only gets down to the truth, but it also enables accountability.

It’s another “when a hostile work environment isn’t a hostile work environment” post

The Employer Handbook

Second verse, same as the first. All of us have heard the words “hostile work environment” bandied about to the point where the most minor slight in the office can supposedly create a hostile work environment. Sexual Harassment

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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.

EEOC Reconvenes Workplace Harassment Task Force

HRWatchdog

The task force will hear from a variety of panelists during the meeting. The #MeToo movement continues to focus on workplace sexual harassment, and, this week, a federal agency reconvened a task force on the same issue. The U.S.

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.

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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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.

How to Engage and Train Your Restaurant Workers Effectively

Rallyware for Human Resources

There are over one million restaurants in the US. It is forecasted that by 2026, there will be approximately 16 million people working in the restaurant industry, suggesting tougher competition in the future. Only with a strong and dedicated team of professionals and enthusiasts, is it possible to achieve success both in the quality of your service and the ability to stand out among your competitors. in 2015 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Training in a Virtual World: The New Normal

HRExecutive

His boss, head coach Dave Shaw, realized Belch’s potential and didn’t want him to miss out on greater opportunities off the football field. At the time, Belch was also a graduate student who was working on a thesis that VR could improve football-player training.

Stop Wasting Time Measuring HR Data

UpstartHR

You need to know ahead of time (or at least have a general idea) about how the information can help you. If you’re gathering data for the sake of gathering data, then you are wasting time and resources, and you’re probably harming your credibility as well. Please.

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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. The definition of time off for purposes of pregnancy disability leave.

A data breach is often an employee problem

OmegaHR Solutions

According to the Verizon 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report “phishing” is still a major source of data breaches. They found that 23% of recipients of phishing emails were opening them and 11% were clicking on the links in the email. Training and awareness.

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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

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.

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.

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.

Some harassment shouldn't be in the eye of the beholder

Ohio Employer's Law

A hostile work environment is hostile for one of two reasons—the alleged misconduct is either severe (overtly offensive), or pervasive (repeatedly offensive). The more severe the misconduct is, the less pervasive it has to be. In this context, consider the following from Satterwhite v. No reasonable person would believe that the single “Heil Hitler” incident is actionable under Title VII. Some harassment shouldn’t be in the eye of the beholder.

Stakeholders Get More Time to Comment on EEOC Harassment Guidance

HR Daily Advisor

Stakeholders now have until March 21 to comment on a proposed antiharassment guidance from the U.S. Given the change in administration, it makes sense to provide stakeholders with more time, he said. Lipnic to chair of the commission, the fate of those issues may be in question.

It’s Summer – Do You Need to Reacquaint Employees With the Dress Code?

TLNT: The Business of HR

As more companies are progressively adopting a business casual approach to dress and grooming, owners are put in the position of having to define more clearly what constitutes appropriate and inappropriate attire in the workplace. It’s a training and communication issue.

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 You Got Fired After the Holiday Work Party

Workology

This post was originally featured over on the Huffington Post. It’s that time of year when employees begin celebrating after hours with their co-workers, managers and other work colleagues at the company holiday party. Use the Wingman Strategy. Hands Off and Eyes Up.

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.