In an Age of New Technology, Be Wary of 'Textual' Harassment


Welcome to 2010 (i.e., "the future"), where you no longer call someone to ask them out on a date -- you text message them using your cell phone, Blackberry, or other mobile device. And, maybe you couldn't quite tell from their response whether they are uninterested or simply playing hard to get, so you text them again. And again. And, maybe that person on the receiving end of your texts is your co-worker or subordinate. Before you know it, you and/or your company get hit with a sexual harassment lawsuit and that co-worker or subordinate is armed with pages of text messages as evidence.

While technology has certainly brought great advances in workplace productivity, it has also brought great advances in workplace slacking, and it has increased the potential for workplace harassment.

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