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Workplace Investigations Sexual Harassment

Did Your Investigation Push The Envelope Or The Self-Destruct Button?

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Accusations, particularly of sexual harassment, are the news of the day. But a business can face a wide range of accusations any given day, such as the customer who “slips” in the parking lot, or another business which claims...more

Web Exclusive: 5-Step Plan To Address Growing Sexual Harassment Concerns

by Fisher Phillips on

For several months now, it seems that each new day has brought about a fresh round of reporting on yet another high-profile sexual harassment accusation. What started in October with substantiated allegations against movie...more

What to Do About #MeToo: Anti-Harassment Guidance for Employers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Now more than ever, employers must proactively assess their policies and training systems to lay the groundwork for appropriate organizational responses to sexual harassment allegations or complaints that arise among...more

#MeToo: Revisiting Policies in a Trending Workplace

From Twitter hashtags to news media talking points, #MeToo has come to powerfully symbolize what many have termed a “watershed moment” for modern American culture on the issues of sexual harassment and sex discrimination. And...more

Failure to Investigate Not Fatal to Just Cause Termination

by Field Law on

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench’s recent decision in Watkins v Willow Park Golf Course, 2017 ABQB 541, centers around a case of a supervisor who developed unreturned romantic feelings for another employee. The case also...more

9 Traits Of A Bang-Up Workplace Investigation

What makes a workplace investigation so good that you just can’t wait to show the EEOC investigator what you did? And you’re like, “Plaintiff’s lawyer, take us to court — please!”...more

Harassment Investigation Techniques

by Zelle LLP on

In a recent post, we talked about how digital technology can provide a platform for sexual harassment in the workplace. Today, we want to focus on the investigation of complaints of sexual harassment, including a review of...more

Ripped From the Headlines: Three Investigation Lessons to Learn From a Political Controversy

Another day, another political scandal involving a politician accused of having had an extramarital affair. The latest such story concerns an alleged inappropriate relationship that the governor of Alabama had with a top...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2015

A federal appellate court recently reinstated a lawsuit brought by a dining services employee who claimed that she was sexually harassed by a male coworker. According to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, a reasonable jury...more

That is SO last week - September 2015

by Zelle LLP on

Labor Day was the backdrop for a big announcement from President Obama. Beginning in 2017, federal contractors must grant paid sick leave to employees. The new Executive Order requires contractors to provide one hour of...more

That is SO last week - August 2015 #3

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, The New York Times reported on Amazon’s “bruising workplace” and described Amazon’s theory that “conflict brings about innovation.” According to the article, Amazon employees are encouraged to criticize each other,...more

Think Fast: HR’s Prompt Investigation Key Factor in Sexual Harassment Case Win for Employer

A recent ruling from a Tennessee appeals court reinforces that a prompt and reasonable investigation can help save an employer from liability in response to sexual harassment charges....more

Workplace Harassment Prevention: Are You Doing Enough?

by NAVEX Global on

Do you have a comprehensive workplace harassment prevention program in place? During our recent webinar, “Workplace Harassment is Evolving: Is Your Prevention Program Keeping Pace?,” we asked attendees whether they had a...more

Internal Investigations Can Lead to a Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

As I have discussed in other blog posts, communications with in-house counsel that are not for the purpose of obtaining legal advice are not privileged. But what happens when outside counsel is hired to investigate a claim of...more

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