$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. Sex discrimination charges (which include sexual harassment charges) constitute nearly one-third of all claims filed with 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. Sex discrimination charges (which include sexual harassment charges) constitute nearly one-third of all claims filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

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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. Let’s review the legal definition of sexual harassment, and then take a look at some tips for employers on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. Legal Definition of Sexual Harassment.

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. Almost every HR department has conducted workplace training that explains what sexual harassment is, the consequences for engaging in such behavior, and the remedies available to the person who is being harassed.

Something wrong with a little bump n’ grind. Sexual harassment, perhaps.

The Employer Handbook

And then I’m like… But then, on Sunday, it’s back the Bloggerdome for a new post. Kelly a recent Fourth Circuit decision in which the appellate court recognized that a single incident — one touch — may create a hostile work environment. The case is called Jones v. She claims that her male supervisor gave her the creeps. And while this is a sexual harassment case, most of the incidents described in the complaint had nothing to do with sex.

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. Most employers are well aware that sexual harassment is unlawful under both California and federal law, but that doesn’t seem to stop the problem from occurring.

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?

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. Drelling, who serves as general counsel of the Restaurant Division at Specialty Restaurants Corp., wrote the following analysis. Note that the suspension of Santa is not a determination of wrongdoing.

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. The EEOC just published a press release that tells the case of a supervisor in a Florida garden nursery who apparently was attracted to one of his subordinates. Using the “power and position” ploy often does not work and as you might suspect the worker refused his advances. The Settlement. Training.

Cornerstone Report Details Effects of Toxic Employees in the Workplace

Cornerstone On Demand

They are the folks that always have something negative to say in a meeting. The ones who join the conference call halfway in, if they even bother to show up. They not only cause frustration, they can cause significant damages to the workplace. Toxic employees make their teammates 54 percent more likely to quit and cost employers up to three times more in hiring fees, according to our latest report, “ Toxic Employees in the Workplace.”

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Cornerstone Report Details Effects of “Toxic Employees” in the Workplace

Cornerstone On Demand

They are the folks that always have something negative to say in a meeting. The ones who join the conference call halfway in, if they even bother to show up. They not only cause frustration, they can cause significant damages to the workplace. Toxic employees make their teammates 54 percent more likely to quit and cost employers up to three times more in hiring fees, according to our latest report, “ Toxic Employees in the Workplace.”

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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. While there is no hierarchy among the six, “ protecting immigrant, migrant and other vulnerable workers ” is the one that seems to slip under the radar. Last week, the EEOC’s enforcement efforts paid off with a $5 million settlement.

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. The Court must look at the totality of the circumstances, and view the harassing conduct in context, not as isolated acts. The Beamon Court further relied upon a Fourth Circuit case, Greene v.

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. It might take the form of public reprimand, belittling or regularly excluding someone from meetings or social gatherings of their peers. Believe the accuser until proven otherwise.

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. On the other hand, if you started with a plan to associate the data with business outcomes to actually prove a point, then carry on. Here’s the twist. Please.

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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! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.” – Oprah Winfrey at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

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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And another thing…Her too

hrpockets

Another thing that unexpectedly took up a lot of brain space for me in 2018 goes all the way back to a conversation that started in 2015. For several years now I’ve been part of the SHRM Blog team that gets a pass to conference each year in exchange for writing about the event. Even though this was my third time being at annual conference, I still didn’t know a lot of the group and I kind of stuck to myself at these events and a handful of familiar faces.

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. The company defended by arguing that, when it later hired the plaintiff as a full-time employee, it provided her with an employee handbook with an effective anti-harassment policy. Meyer’s blog, The Employer Handbook.

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. Mine Rite Technologies Sued For Disability Harassment And Discrimination. Mariscos Altata Sued by EEOC For Sexual And Age-Based Harassment and Retaliation. Spending on training.

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. Fifty percent of these people were opening and clicking within one hour of having receiving the email. Therefore, an employee letting the breachers in the door is a big problem. Training and awareness.

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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. Now that summer is finally upon us, it’s probably a good time to update and reacquaint your employees with the company’s summer dress code. Will changing the dress code for summer impact how your company operates?

[Webinar] Whew! Harassment Investigation Done – Or Is It?

HRWatchdog

You’ve worked closely with your legal department to investigate a harassment complaint, taken corrective action and disciplined the harasser. So why are your employees spreading rumors, and why is the employee who filed the initial complaint now filing a second one alleging retaliation? CalChamber’s live 60-minute webinar on September 17 covers critical steps to “heal the workplace” by implementing a Healing Process Protocol. The post [Webinar] Whew!

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. While employees are eager with anticipation for a chance to let loose at the upcoming holiday party, it’s your HR and manager’s biggest nightmare. He crossed the line and even began harassing her via social media and text message.

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.

What it really means to be Facebook friends with co-workers

The Employer Handbook

What are the risks of becoming Facebook “friends” with a co-worker? The well-worn employer-lawyer mantra from way back when has been, “Supervisors should not ‘friend’ their subordinates on Facebook.” Imagine two of the risks that could arise from a 24/7 online connection: The supervisor could sexually harass (or engage in other nasty online behavior directed at) the employee.

Denying an employee’s attempt to rescind her resignation may be…retaliation?!?!

The Employer Handbook

According to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Porter v. Houma Terrebonne Housing Authority (opinion here ), it went more like this: Tyrikia Porter worked for the Houma Terrebonne Housing Authority for several years. She offered her resignation in June of 2012, but before finishing her employment, she testified against the Executive Director, Wayne Thibodeaux, claiming sexual harassment. A termination is the clearest example.

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.

The 10 Most Common Mistakes in Documentation

HR Daily Advisor

Unfortunately, says Fentin, when you get sued, it always appears to be the Big Bad Employer versus the Poor Innocent Employee. Documentation is often the key to defending yourself. Describing the individual, not the conduct, or using vague terms like “Bad attitude.” “Employee failed to accept responsibility for misconduct and attempted to blame others for the errors.” Learn More. Remember the audiences!

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. Many employers see the idea of employees dating one another as potentially threatening productivity or even opening up too much liability for the employer. What Are the Potential Pitfalls of Employee Romances? The employers may fear: Productivity losses.

Revisit: The 5 Love Languages & How Yours Impacts Your Relationships

HR Ringleader

* From the dusty archives… I recently had a conversation with a friend about this book and it was a good reminder to revisit how understanding expressing love can help in all your relationships. So, when a manager or employee comes to me for advice, I try to look for clues to the big picture instead of just that situation. The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman. The five love languages. Physical Touch- This is not a language just about sexual contact.

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.

how to deal with customers hitting on support reps

Ask a Manager

I’m middle management in the technical support department, and we have a live chat system that we use to interact with customers. We usually have our pictures up in the chat window so people know who they’re talking to, and the women have a tendency to get hit on pretty frequently (myself included). However, there is one woman who started in the last year that gets hit on fairly regularly, and today a man in online chat was way too forward for comfort.

The Good, the Bad & the Maybe: Should You Rehire Former Employees?

Insperity

In today’s competitive hiring environment, are you plumbing all the possible places to find top candidates? Every company should have a formal, legally vetted policy to address the hiring of former employees. For instance, some companies forbid the rehiring of employees who were laid off. Beyond the policy, when your company and an employee part ways, is it ever okay to hire that person back? The answer: It depends.

The Case for Project Management’s Place in the HR Practitioner’s Heart

Workology

Our work is a series of projects, connected by periods of maintenance on projects of the past. I often make that argument with friends and colleagues when I try to explain why project management should hold a much larger place in the hearts of HR professionals. The applicant tracking system (ATS) that your HRIS analysts spend half of their time maintaining, was once a project. It was initiated at some point in the distant past through a needs analysis.