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Employer Beware: Bad “Optics” Create Hostile Work Environment?

Yesterday, I posted about a disability discrimination case that the employer did not really screw up. Even so, a few less-than-optimal moves resulted in an adverse jury verdict that was upheld on appeal. In Chapter 2 of...more

5 Steps To Prevent Third-Party Harassment Claims

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Koko the Gorilla, who turned 36 last month, has quite a following. Much of that has to do with the fact that she purportedly has a vocabulary of over 1000 words that she communicates through sign language. If this were a blog...more

Workplace Harassment 101

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

One lesson companies of all sizes can learn from the sexual harassment claims that Uber is facing is that an employer needs to set clear restrictions on harassment and make a conscious effort to hold employees accountable to...more

Part 1 of 2: My Sit-Down Interview With Former EEOC General Counsel David Lopez

by Cozen O'Connor on

Michael Schmidt, Vice Chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, discusses current employment law news, trends, developments and guest analysis. This episode presents the first of two parts of a timely and...more

Another Form of Workplace Harassment

Harassment is a form of workplace discrimination. The most well-known is sexual harassment, which can consist of unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors, but also includes conduct of a sexual nature which...more

Federal Court Allows Title IX Claim to Proceed Based Upon Allegations That Student Harassed By Peers for Failure to Conform to...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Russell Bittendender, et ux. v. Bangor Area School District, Case No. 15-6465 (E.D. Pa. 2017). The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania refused to dismiss a complaint alleging that a school...more

Are You A Harassment “Daredevil”? Here Are 5 Behaviors That Put You At Risk.

Not every obnoxious workplace behavior is unlawful harassment. To violate federal law, the harassment has to be unwelcome, based on a “protected category” (for example, sex or race), and “severe or pervasive.” But most...more

New California Bill Would Require Sexual Harassment Training to Include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Harassment

by Fisher Phillips on

As introduced, Senate Bill 396 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) dealt with medical residence training programs. However, recently the contents of the bill were stripped out and replaced with new and unrelated language...more

The Dialogue: Sex Harassment in the Workplace — Still an Issue, but How Much?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The Dialogue, a online conversation between yours truly and a prominent employee-side attorney, Nina Pirrotti, returns today with another installment — this time tackling the topic of sexual harassment in the workplace. As...more

Sixth Circuit Shuts Down EEOC’s Appeal In Sex Harassment Suit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the EEOC, the Sixth Circuit affirmed a U.S. District Court’s grant of an employer’s motion for summary judgment after finding that the harassing employee was not a...more

Stemilt Growers and Ag Services Sued By EEEOC For Sexual Harassment, Retaliation

Federal Agency Alleges Latina Tractor Driver Demoted After Refusing Supervisor's Sexual Advances - SEATTLE -The largest grower of organic tree fruit in the United States, Stemilt Growers, and its integrated business,...more

EEOC Sues Favorite Farms for Sexual Harassment, Including Rape, And Retaliation

Farmworker Sexually Assaulted and Retaliated Against for Reporting the Conduct, Federal Agency Charges in Lawsuit - TAMPA, Fla. - Favorite Farms, Inc., a farming business growing a variety of produce in Dover, Fla.,...more

10-step plan for fair and balanced approach to preventing workplace harassment

by FordHarrison on

In less than a year, Fox News has lost its founder and one of its most well-known anchors due to widespread sexual harassment allegations. Fox News recently reported that 20th Century Fox paid $10 million in sexual harassment...more

Supervisor’s Personal Liability for Harassment

A recent case filed in the Waterbury superior court, Denault v. Community Mental Health Affiliates, et al, alleging an unfortunately familiar pattern of sexual harassment in violation of the Connecticut Fair Employment...more

Beware Hugging at Work

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal published on April 17, 2017, “Embraceable You: When the CEO Is a Hugger,” describes a trend in which some executives greet employees and business associates with hugs in lieu of the...more

Sexual Harassment In The News Likely To Lead To Uptick In Claims

by Fisher Phillips on

Whenever the topic of sexual harassment reaches mainstream media outlets, people are bound to take notice. And when sexual harassment allegations involving a prominent public figure like Bill O’Reilly appear in the headlines...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2017 #3

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, HR Dive reported a Yale University global study on the forces behind continued underrepresentation of women in business leadership. After surveying 5,000 individuals in 100 countries, the study concluded that...more

New EEOC Proposed Guidelines May Signal What is to Come in the Area of Sex-Based Workplace Discrimination

by Baker Donelson on

A few weeks ago, the public comment period for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) proposed guidance on unlawful workplace harassment closed, drawing mixed responses from commentators. The purpose of the...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2017

by Zelle LLP on

There was a lot of discrimination law action last week, including the announcement of a $12 million settlement to be paid by Texas Roadhouse. The EEOC brought an age discrimination suit against the Louisville, Kentucky-based...more

Is Your Anti-Harassment Training Making the Grade?

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

If your initial response to this question is, "What anti-harassment training? Are we still supposed to be doing that? Isn't that kind of 'old school'?", your first step needs to be planning anti-harassment training in 2017....more

Repeated "Friendly" Hugs and Kisses Can Rise to the Level of Actionable Sexual Harassment

Some people are naturally more affectionate than others. Most people have friends or acquaintances who go for hugs when a handshake is all that you expect. In the workplace, these personality types can clash, and “huggers”...more

March Grabness: Lessons from the (Basketball) Court: Avoiding Personal Fouls, Violations and Time Outs in the Workplace

Harassment has long been an Achilles’ heel of the workplace. Believe it or not, like the NCAA’s tournament TV ratings, the number of harassment-related lawsuits has held rather steady since the 1990s! And like most NCAA...more

In Search of the Reasonable Person

by Zelle LLP on

Allegations of sexual harassment continue to attract media attention and commentary, including ours. As we review developments, we note that a wide variety of workplace behaviors are being challenged and scrutinized. ...more

Harassment Discrimination Covers the Waterfront

by Ruder Ware on

We have always been concerned about the extent to which employees or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) could claim they were suffering from harassment in the workplace. Recent guidance from the EEOC...more

Is Siri A Victim And A Cause Of Sexual Harassment?

The next time employers offer sexual harassment training, they might want to require employees to bring their mobile devices. According to Leah Fessler, virtual assistants Siri (Apple), Alexa (Amazon), Cortana...more

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