Did you know that hugging in the workplace is sexual harassment? It is according to the 9th Circuit.

I had to chuckle a bit when I read this story on hugging being declared sexual harassment. After all the 9th Circuit is located on the West Coast, the land of “free love”, marijuana, hippie culture and a governor once known as Governor Moonbeam. Declaring hugging as wrong just goes against the image of the …

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In a hostile environment it is not the intent but the effect that is important

In a case out of the Tenth Circuit court in Kansas we learn that courts are not to interpret the intent of what someone says but the effect of what they say to determine if a hostile environment exists. What do you think? If you were, or are, an African-American employee and you worked in …

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Clearing up Sexual Harassment

  With the antics of San Diego mayor Bob Filner being broadcast almost daily on the national news sexual harassment has become a hot topic once again. Not that it needed any additional publicity. Celebrities get occasional mention with an accusation of someone being harassed at this party or that. Unfortunately this often confuses the …

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Sexual Harassment: Crowdsourcing advice

I had a situation posed to me today that I wanted to get an answer to by tapping into the collective expertise of the readers of this blog. I am going to relate a story of “sexual harassment” and see what the crowdsourcing answer is. Ready? The story A friend called me and said he …

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Teach Employees about Sexual Harassment

  You would think in this day and time that sexual harassment would not continue to be an issue, but unfortunately it is. A major portion of this problem is that we do not train employees to understand what the laws are regarding sexual harassment. We train supervisors, sometimes, but seldom teach employees. To save …

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The NLRB Condones Sexual Harassment

  My friend Jon Hyman of the Ohio Employer’s Law Blog wrote a post about an NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) decision that so outraged me I had to write something as well. Jon focuses on the total case but I wanted to talk about the fact that by this decision the NLRB condones sexual …

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Sexual Harassment: You Knew or Should Have Known

In sexual harassment training we discuss two types of harassment, Quid Pro Quo and hostile environment. In both cases the standard that often has to be determined is “did  you know or should you have known” that harassment of either type might occur. Because if you did and did nothing to prevent the occurance your …

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