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.

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 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. Here are Fentin’s top 10 documentation mistakes: 1. Learn More.

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.

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.

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.”.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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?

Immigration, Travel Ban Debates Put Focus on National Origin Discrimination

HR Daily Advisor

As reports of tense situations related to national origin flood the news—everything from slurs directed toward people from countries included in President Donald Trump’s travel ban to insults aimed at Hispanic people trying to enter the U.S.—employers The U.S.

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.

Male HR Manager Takes Down Female Congressional Candidate with Harassment Claim. #metoo

The HR Capitalist

As warranted by the stupid, inappropriate behavior of some men, the #metoo movement has mostly outed those men for the harassers they are. But now, we have our first public female victim of the #metoo movement. Read on, analysis after the clip below.

Governor Newsom Signs New 2020 Employment Laws

HRWatchdog

In 2019, the California Legislature and Governor Newsom enacted 870 bills. Sunday, October 13, 2019, was the last day for Governor Gavin Newsom to either sign or veto legislation that the California Legislature passed in 2019.

Lessons Learned from Uber’s HR Nightmare

Stratus

A recent blog post from a former Uber engineer is an HR nightmare, with allegations of harassment, sexism, discrimination and power struggles in what she details as “a strange, fascinating, and slightly horrifying story.” Fowler was offered to either switch teams or face a likely “poor performance review” from this manager, for which the HR rep insisted would not be considered retaliation if she chose to stay.

Disability Discrimination: I Can See Clearly Now, My Job Is Gone

HR Daily Advisor

In a recent decision, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled that an employee who claimed he was terminated for discriminatory reasons based on his disability was laid off for legitimate nondiscriminatory reasons in a reduction in force (RIF).