Harassment In The Workplace: Dangerous Liaisons

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In This Chapter:

WORKPLACE HARASSMENT – WHY IT MATTERS -

II. THE DEVELOPMENT OF WORKPLACE HARASSMENT IN THE UNITED STATES SUPREME

COURT -

III. HARASSMENT LAW IN THE FIFTH CIRCUIT AND TEXAS -

A. Sexual Harassment -

1. Severe or Pervasive? -

2. Ellerth Defense -

B. Same-Sex Harassment -

1. Fifth Circuit -

2. Texas -

C. Race and National Origin Harassment -

1. Fifth Circuit -

2. Texas -

D. Religious Harassment -

1. Fifth Circuit -

2. Texas -

E. Disability Harassment -

1. Fifth Circuit -

2. Texas -

F. Age Harassment -

1. Fifth Circuit -

2. Texas -

G. USERRA Harassment -

IV. ADOPTING A HARASSMENT POLICY -

V. WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS -

A. Why Investigate -

B. Components of the Investigation -

1. Promptness -

2. Thoroughness -

3. Action Taken -

4. Follow Up -

C. Conducting the Investigation -

1. Who Will Conduct -

2. Timing and Order -

3. Objectives of the Investigation -

4. Identify Other Resources Needed -

5. Assemble Important Documentation -

D. Launching the Investigation -

1. Review Policies and Procedures -

2. Analyze Relevant Documents -

3. Decide Who, When & Where -

4. General Questioning -

E. Dealing with Resistance -

1. Individual Representation of Employees -

2. Representation of the Accused -

3. Representation of the Complaining Party -

F. Interview Complaining Party -

1. Questions -

G. Interview Alleged Offender -

1. Questions -

2. Discuss Process -

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3. Beware of Liability for “Sex Stereotyping” -

H. Interview Witnesses -

1. Determine Who to Interview-

2. Questions -

3. Confidentiality Importance -

4. Retaliation -

I. Making a Determination -

VI. TAKING ACTION -

A. Recommend Action -

B. Courts are Requiring More from Employers -

1. EEOC v. Central Wholesalers, Inc., 573 F.3d 167 (4th Cir. 2009) -

C. Importance of Documentation -

1. Be Cautious about Wording -

2. Investigation Report -

D. Follow-Up -

VII. UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS: DISQUALIFICATION OF COUNSEL AND LOSS OF PRIVILEGES -

A. Disqualification of Counsel -

1. Disqualification of Counsel under Texas Law -

2. The Fifth Circuit Approach to Disqualification of Counsel -

B. Maintaining the Privilege -

VIII. CONCLUSION -

POWERPOINT PRESENTATION -

Please see full chapter below for more information.

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Topics:  Anti-Harassment Policies, Attorney-Client Privilege, EEOC, Harassment, Internal Investigations, Sexual Harassment

Published In: Civil Rights Updates, Constitutional Law Updates, Labor & Employment Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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