Mitigating Harassment

HRO Today

Over the past three years, Google, Ford Motor Company, 21st Century Fox, Bank of America, and the New York Knicks are among an exhausted list of companies that have experienced employment practice liability (EPL) lawsuits due to sexual harassment claims.

The “harassing, stalking, disturbing, and menacing” plaintiff lost her discrimination case. Go figure.

The Employer Handbook

It’s bad enough when a federal judge refers to a plaintiff-employee’s behavior towards her manager as “harassing, stalking, disturbing, and menacing.” And how do you think that went for the plaintiff? 60 pages of text messages are just the tip of the iceberg.

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EEOC releases sexual harassment stats one year after #MeToo

HR Morning

It’s been a year since countless stories of workplace sexual harassment started making headlines, and new data suggests the number of harassment complaints and lawsuits won’t be declining any time soon. . This is the first time this number has gone up in five years.

The most common employee documents used at trial

Business Management Daily

How do you protect your company in the event you go to trial? Maintaining HR documents is an essential step in protecting your company, and yourself, in the event you go to court for civil litigation, criminal charges, or other investigations. In the U.S., Training.

Discrimination Guidance

OmegaHR Solutions

ISIS and the ongoing state of affairs in the Middle East are almost daily headlines in the news. The US Presidential debates have also broached the subject of Syrian refugees. For many people these are emotional topics that could have negative repercussions in the workplace depending on your employee population. The EEOC reminds us that there are protections against religious and ethnic discrimination that employers must abide by.

Protecting Your Company from a Discrimination Lawsuit

Stratus

businesses and government agencies paid out more than $482 million to resolve work-related discrimination and harassment claims in 2016, a number that the EEOC indicates is on the rise. As an employer, it’s essential to have policies in place to prevent workplace discrimination, but where do you start? Steps to prevent discrimination and harassment in your workplace. Train managers and staff about the zero-tolerance policy.

Handling sexual harassment when the offender’s the big boss

HR Morning

How should you respond if an employee accuses one of your company’s leaders of sexual harassment? Progressive Women’s Leadership shares important insights in its e-guide, “ Women Leaders Share What’s Working: New Ways to Prevent Sexual Harassment.”.

EEOC Seeks Input on Guidance Addressing Unlawful Harassment

HRWatchdog

Yesterday, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) stated that it is seeking public input on a proposed enforcement guidance addressing unlawful harassment under federal anti-discrimination laws. The guidance provides numerous examples of unlawful conduct.

11 steps that you can take now to reduce harassment in your workplace

The Employer Handbook

That sounds more “glass-half-full” than “ Don’t be like the Dallas Mavericks: 11 ways to avoid a Sports Illustrated report chronicling twenty years of allegations of sexual harassment and mismanagement in your workplace. million documents.

EEOC outlines 4 new approaches to fight workplace harassment

HR Morning

Workplace harassment is virtually an epidemic these days — the EEOC says a third of the nearly 100,000 charges it receives annually now include a harassment allegation. But the agency’s taking steps to help both workers and managers handle the problem.

Here’s what a report from a huuuuuuuuuuge sexual harassment investigation looks like

The Employer Handbook

By sportslogos.net [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Have you ever seen a sexual harassment investigative report? We’ll talk about recommendations to avoid harassment in your workplace.). None of these problems involved the players on the court.

Facebook invites HR pros to steal its sexual harassment policy

HR Morning

In the wake of surging workplace sexual harassment allegations across all industries, Facebook is taking a drastic step. This is notable because companies — particularly giant tech companies — rarely make their internal policies and documents public.

How To Avoid Damages Involving Pregnancy Discrimination

AbelHR

For many women, pregnancy is a joyous time (minus the morning sickness and back pain!), While the downtrend is promising, the awards have increased significantly, totaling just over $22 million last year, making this an important potential minefield for business owners to understand.

Steps for Reducing Workplace Harassment in 2018

Synergy

With media coverage of workplace harassment at an all-time high, there’s no question that the topic has become the focus of millions of people worldwide. ” Enact Proactive Policies and Training. Proper leadership at the top sets this mentality for the entire company.

Sexual Harassment: The Workplace’s Dirty Little Secret

HR Daily Advisor

Recent headlines have been littered with numerous stories of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and rape. And for real, our 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Sexual harassment text on cardboard. Hollywood is the perfect example.

Workplace Discrimination and Harassment: Are Your Managers Ready?

Insperity

New lawsuits from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – such as the recent sexual orientation cases covered by the mainstream media) – may have you asking: What are some things that my managers can do to avoid them? Training is the answer. They’ll be the ones receiving and processing the complaints. 8 Key Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) training topics for managers. Here’s a list of the key topics.

#MeToo and the Workplace: HR and Sexual Harassment Policy

LaborSoft

#MeToo and the Workplace. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, HR and employee relations managers were sent scrambling. sexual harassment and/or discrimination has always been under the purview of HR, it has become a necessity for HR departments to not only tighten up or edify.

Documenting Employee Performance—Avoid These 10 Mistakes

HR Daily Advisor

Today, we present Fentin’s top 10 mistakes employers make when documenting employee performance. Fentin, a partner at the Springfield, Massachusetts, office of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., Forgetting an audience—who will read the document? Learn More.

“Harassment is Not Just that Nasty Comment”

AbelHR

Typically, when we think about harassment in the workplace, we think about someone making a remark that someone else interprets as being offensive. As we noted in our blog post a few weeks ago, harassment is a bit subjective by nature. However, the fun doesn’t stop there.

Disability Discrimination in the Workplace Costs Employers

HR Daily Advisor

It’s no secret that discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims based on disability cost employers plenty—and it’s not just the dollars awarded in damages (although, admittedly, some jury awards are eye-popping). It’s the expense of litigation.

What is National Origin Discrimination?

HR Daily Advisor

According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, national origin discrimination includes any discrimination based on the person’s place of birth, cultural heritage, accent, or native language. Title VII also offers protection from harassment based on national origin.

Religious Discrimination Hazards on the Rise

HR Daily Advisor

Religious discrimination hasn’t been a major concern for employers in recent years. There’s little case law on the subject and religious-based complaints rank low in the government’s charge statistics. In the late 1990s, such claims made up only about 2% of the U.S.

Arbitrary maximum leave policy, disability discrimination costs retailer $8.6 million

HR Morning

Think the feds aren’t serious about enforcing laws against disability discrimination? The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced the consent decree, which was approved by U.S. implement effective training for both supervisors and staff on the ADA.

Must you produce the workplace investigation report prepared to defend a sexual harassment lawsuit?

The Employer Handbook

A female employee has just complained to HR that the CEO harassed her. This complaint is the third one against the same alleged harasser. The attorney investigates and furnishes a written report of her findings and conclusions.

DFEH Issues Important Guidance On Investigating Harassment Complaints

HR Daily Advisor

On May 2, 2017, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) released its Workplace Harassment Guide, which advises employers how to develop an effective antiharassment program, respond to and investigate claims of harassment, and take appropriate remedial actions.

Substitute Custodian Vying for Clean Sweep on Harassment, Retaliation Claims

HR Daily Advisor

A substitute school custodian said she was pressured to have sex with a foreman in exchange for more hours and then retaliated against for refusing his advances and lodging a sexual harassment complaint. The assistant superintendent took Ruth to Human Resources to file a written complaint.

EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance On National Origin Discrimination

HR Daily Advisor

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) recently released enforcement guidance on national origin discrimination covers issues related to employment decisions, harassment, and language issues. Harassment.

Ten Human Resources Steps that WILL save you!

OmegaHR Solutions

As I was teaching my HR certification class on Saturday we talked about the issue of how HR is to respond to an employee revealing information about actions that could be damaging to the company, but then asking HR to keep it confidential. Step Three: Document Performance Deficiencies.

How to Approach Trans and Gender Identity Situations at Work

Stratus

Not sure how to address certain situations associated with gender identity in the workplace? Shortly after starting the new position, Mitchell informed his employer that he was transitioning to become a woman. Our answer: it depends on the severity of the jokes and intent.

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Was Inconsistent Treatment of Asian USPS Worker Discrimination?

HR Daily Advisor

In 1997, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) accepted 16,394 charges alleging retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but that number swelled to 33,082 in 2016. As a result, she left and didn’t report to work the following day.

Is Arbitration Of Harassment the Best Course Of Action?

LaborSoft

is arbitration of harassment claims the best course of action? Coming off the heels of this victory, employers have been structuring contractual relationships, including many with independent contractors, with arbitration programs to resolve work-related issues.

High Profile or Not, Sexual Harassment Claims Require Employer Action

HR Daily Advisor

Sexual harassmentthe subject has exploded in recent weeks as people from all walks have spoken up about a menacing workplace problem. Over the years, he had even paid to settle several sexual harassment claims without the company taking action. Need to learn more?

Must you produce the workplace investigation report prepared to defend a sexual harassment lawsuit?

The Employer Handbook

A female employee has just complained to HR that the CEO harassed her. This complaint is the third one against the same alleged harasser. The attorney investigates and furnishes a written report of her findings and conclusions. If the internal sexual harassment complaint evolves into a lawsuit, and the plaintiff requests a copy of the written report, does the defendant have to turn it over?

Your Guide to the Most Common HR Legal Documents

Namely

When it comes to drafting legal documents, it may feel like you should enroll in night law school or watch some Law & Order SVU to successfully handle the ever-changing tasks assigned to you. While both your company and its employees may take these documents for granted, you know there’s a lot of strategic thinking and work that goes into drafting them. It sets up the expectations for how both parties will work together. Is the employee eligible for annual raises?

How to fire a poor performer who complains about discrimination and still avoid a retaliation claim

The Employer Handbook

So, the plan is to fire her. Except, three weeks before you terminate this supervisor’s employment, she complains about discrimination. Can you go through with the termination? We’re going to focus here on the third element.