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. . The number of lawsuits the EEOC filed increased by 50%.

Beyond Checking the Box: Sexual Harassment Training That Works

Grovo HR

Sexual Harassment prevention training has been widespread since the 1980s. But the rates of sexual harassment complaints have not gone down in the decades since. While many companies have some sort of sexual harassment prevention training and policy, that statement is quite dismal. “I’ve Grovo’s training is different. Sexual harassment is discrimination. Questions from the Webinar.

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Sexual Harassment Training on Grovo: A Comparison with New York State’s Model Training

Grovo HR

This law mandates that New York State employers must conduct sexual harassment prevention training for all employees based in the state. Additionally, today is also the deadline for employers to update and publish their sexual harassment policies (we’ve put a guide together for you here ). Grovo’s sexual harassment prevention training meets and exceeds the minimum requirements for both New York State and New York City.

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Why the ‘Pence Rule’ is exactly how you shouldn’t go about preventing sexual harassment

HR Morning

With new high profile sexual harassment allegations coming out on a daily basis, a lot of companies are considering policy changes and putting new protocols into place. The Pence Rule. After all, harassment can’t occur if men and women are never alone together, right?

Sexual Harassment Nightmare at a Small Business

Stratus

There’s almost nothing worse than a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against your small business. One of my employees was doing a wash on a client and the unthinkable happened. I wasn’t there so I don’t know exactly what transpired, but the end result was a harassment suit filed against my business. What I do know is what I, the business owner, went through. It turns out my experience isn’t that different from other small businesses in the same situation.

Setting the Tone: Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

HRWatchdog

Don’t wait – train employees on the type of disrespectful conduct that could lead to a hostile work environment. Sexual harassment is not a problem of the past, as recent news reports highlight. What tone is being set at the office?

More Sexual-Harassment-Policy Rethinking

HRExecutive

Came across this recent research from the University of Missouri that adds credence to a Q&A I did late last year with the author of a book titled Sex and the Office: Women, Men and the Sex Partition That’s Dividing the Workplace.

Connecticut Expanded Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training Goes into Effect Oct. 1

Zenefits

More employers will be required to provide mandatory sexual harassment training to all employees starting October 1, 2019. Also under the new law any employer with 3 or more employees must provide 2 hours of sexual harassment training to all employees, not just supervisors.

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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.

What to Know about the New California Sexual Harassment Training Regulations

Zenefits

Do you conduct business in the state of California? Due to recent legislation, California businesses have a deadline of January 1, 2020, to enstate new sexual harassment policies. The change to the policy includes a new requirement for sexual harassment training. Read on to learn how to create a successful California sexual harassment training policy. California Sexual Harassment Training.

Are Businesses Responsible for Protecting Customers From Sexual Harassment by Other Clients?

Workplace Coach

You’ve met the predatory customer. Do businesses have a responsibility to protect their customers from other customers that sexually harass them? What can an employer do if their business survival depends on contracts from a larger business when the individual who controls the purse strings for those contracts sexually harasses one of the dependent company’s employees? You’ve met the predatory customer.

Data Show New Trends in Workplace Sexual Harassment Reports

Zenefits

Employers have a legal obligation to maintain a workplace that is free of sexual harassment. If you allow your employees to work in a hostile environment where they experience or witness aggressive, unwanted sexual advances, or they have to endure sexually suggestive jokes and behaviors, you are violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Many states also have their own specific workplace sexual harassment laws as well. You set the tone.

Our harassment laws are not the reason for our sexual harassment problem

Ohio Employer's Law

Last week, the New York Times ran an Op-Ed titled, Boss Grab Your Breasts? That’s Not (Legally) Harassment. It argues that our lax sexual harassment laws, and the courts that apply them, are responsible for our current workplace harassment problems.

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.

The Daily Rundown: Sexual Harassment Training and the State of Paid Family Leave

Zenefits

Welcome to the Small Business Run Down. Today we take a look at the debate around Colorado’s proposed paid family leave legislation, the role credit scores play in small business lending, and sexual harassment training in the Big Apple. Republican lawmakers in Colorado have voiced concerns about the impact this would have on businesses, particularly small businesses. The Number: $671. The Number: 300. The Number: 15.

DFEH Updates Required Harassment Prevention Pamphlet; Issues Guidance

HRWatchdog

Make sure you hand out sexual harassment prevention pamphlets that comply with the law. Although the DFEH refers to the printable information sheet as a “poster,” it is really just an information sheet. Learn more about what HRCalifornia can do for you.

What Other Employers Can Learn From Uber: Recognizing and Combating Sexism in the Workplace

Compensation Today

Last month, a former Uber employee recounted her “ very, very strange year ” at the organization as a female engineer. Her account is a story of sexism, sexual harassment and HR violations that left many asking, “Are you kidding me?!”. You can do the same.

Workplace Harassment: A Q&A With Lori

HR Topics

In today’s world, workplace harassment is a hot topic and one that likely will continue to be. Workplace harassment can include anything from unwanted sexual attention, bullying, intimidation and other behaviors. How common is workplace harassment? Lead from the top.

My Boss Sexually Harassed Me After Work

Evil HR Lady

Well, Im not, but thats the perception of all of us in HR. Need to explain to someone why, even after working their rear end off all year, that their annual increase is 2.7%? So, come join me on the Evil Side. During the night we were also texting.

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.

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.

Why Uber, Google, and Other Companies Failed to Address Workplace Harassment

Rallyware for Human Resources

Even though we see the rise of the #MeToo movement and can witness the way recent harassment issues are shaping the global conversation against workplace bullying, abuse, discrimination, and other forms of misconduct, there’s still a lot to be done. Particularly, many companies haven’t yet provided effective workplace harassment training, preventing their employees from fully comprehending this issue with must-attend annual seminars.

Is it ok to ask lesbian co-worker to use her ‘gaydar’ to determine whether a new client is also gay?

The Employer Handbook

The genesis for this blog post is this press release from the State of New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety Office of the Attorney General. At that point in the conversation, the Complainant asked to speak directly with the company’s owner about the incident.

More Than A Handbook: Maintaining Conduct Policy Compliance

Essium HRM

Disciplining an employee is never a pleasant experience, but no matter the size of your business, the reality hits for every employer. Additionally, your conduct policy has to have “teeth”, in order to extend to contractors who may sit outside of the every-day communication patterns of your team. Whether real or perceived, many situations could end up in a lawsuit – sexual harassment, discrimination, wage, overtime and wrongful termination.

Campus Prevention Network Legal Brief

EverFi - HR

The final Title IX regulations were released on May 6, 2020, and will become effective on August 14, 2020, unless a court enjoins the U.S. Department of Education (ED) Secretary Betsy DeVos issued the new Title IX regulations on May 6, 2020. Definition of Sexual Harassment.

Campus Prevention Network Legal Brief

EverFi - HR

The final Title IX regulations were released on May 6, 2020, and will become effective on August 14, 2020, unless a court enjoins the U.S. Department of Education (ED) Secretary Betsy DeVos issued the new Title IX regulations on May 6, 2020. Definition of Sexual Harassment.

Think a harassment claim is false? Investigate anyways.

Business Management Daily

An employee who suspects she is about to be disciplined for poor performance may cook up a bogus harassment complaint in a last-ditch attempt to avoid trouble. But sometimes an employee’s performance may suffer because she is being harassed. The court dismissed his lawsuit.

Transgender Rights in the Workplace

HR Counselor's Corner

A hot topic facing our employers today is how to deal with transgender issues in the workplace. Before we define the issues that may arise, let’s first explore what it means to be transgender. A growing number of federal courts have agreed with the EEOC on this point.

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.

What You Should Know About Workplace Compliance Training

EverFi - HR

For most companies, the risk of litigation is often enough of an incentive to train their employees. But if employees don’t know what behavior to avoid, they are more likely to engage in conduct that crosses the line and leads to allegations of harassment that holds the employer liable. Reducing the risk of litigation is the very least that compliance training should do. million total—the greatest amount of monetary damages since 2010.

Governor Signs New Employment Laws for 2019

HRWatchdog

Governor Jerry Brown signed several key employment law bills that businesses need to be aware of for the coming year. Here are some of the new laws taking effect in January 2019 that employers should anticipate: Assembly Bills.

Protect Your Business: How to Avoid the Most Common Discrimination Charge

Insperity

In 2014, nearly 43 percent of all discrimination complaints filed nationwide with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accused employers of retaliation. And according to the EEOC, the number of findings based on a retaliation claim is outpacing other types of discrimination.

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. You need to understand the differences.

Keeping up to date on 6 critical HR activities

HR Morning

How can you find the information you need to be sure you’re compliant with changes in relevant laws and regulations? Review these at least once a year to make sure they are still meeting your needs. The same goes for other disciplinary and termination notices. Sexual harassment.

A Young Worker’s Look at Company Culture

Investipro

The 2019 EEOC numbers regarding workplace discrimination charges were recently released and show a 5% decrease from 2018. The EEOC still reports 72,675 reported cases of discrimination (including harassment) in the last year. Retaliation, sexual harassment, race, and disability are still the leading reasons for discrimination charges followed by age and national origin. and it is changing the way people look for jobs.