Sexual harassment by a nonemployee confirmed by a Federal court

When I train about sexual harassment or discuss it in a class, one area I mention is that companies can be liable for harassment from a nonemployee. The example I give most often is a delivery person who “flirts” with the receptionist that is receiving the packages. That is not a difficult example to understand …

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Can you swear in the workplace and get away with it?

I bet it is a sure thing that all of us have heard some vulgar words at work. I certainly have. I worked in a manufacturing plant in Illinois and with some employees every other word was “mother-f**king” this and “mother-f**king” that. The question is can you clamp down on vulgarity and avoid claims of …

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Three great blog posts to read on Tuesday

I like to point out great blog posts that others have written to expose you to ideas and writers other than myself. Below are three great ones that from which I think you will learn a great deal. Ageism If you have read me at all you know that I think ageism is rampant in …

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Proving my point on retaliation

Just after yesterday’s blog post on What retaliation in the workplace may look like was published I received an announcement of an EEOC suit that confirms what I was talking about. Harassment and retaliation According to an announcement by the EEOC published on December 8th “Mayflower Seafood of Goldsboro, Inc., violated federal law by subjecting …

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June Employee Law Blog Carnival

Ok I have some phrases I want you to identify: The 5-0-4. Dinged for OffCon “6-factor” “clogged drain” Applomodation case derivative sovereign immunity Get any of these? If you did you are better than I am. To learn these terms and more head over to Lawffice Space where Phil Miles has put together a great …

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Why it is important to have multiple ways to report harassment

When you craft your harassment policy there are two important aspects of the policy that many companies miss. First is there has to be a way for someone to report the harassment. Secondly that reporting method has to have alternatives available for the person reporting the harassment. Let me explain why that is important. Company …

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Two very interesting posts to read Midweek

Here are two very interesting posts that I highly recommend you read. The first is from Kris Dunn, considered to be a superstar in HR by many. He is also a sports fiend so much of his writing is related to sports. But don’t dismay this one is fascinating and deals with ageism. Read MONEYBALL: …

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