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Dear Workforce How Do We Curb Sexual Harassment Against Men?

September 7, 2011
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I can't find anything on sexual harassment against men. I am the only male in my office and have had to listen to male-bashing, slander and other forms of harassment that make me uncomfortable. The boss doesn't want to hear about it, but in fact tends to take the women's side. My HR director is also a woman and won't even give me a chance to discuss. Would you give me insight on how to handle this situation?
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Dear Workforce How Do We Rein In a Touchy-Feely Employee?

September 7, 2011
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I have a terrific employee who has a troubling habit of being “touchy” in the workplace. Whenever she is standing next to an employee, she usually touches the person’s arm, hand or shoulder. Recently, I saw her talking to a male employee and she had her hand on his chest. As I noted, she is otherwise an outstanding worker who functions at a high level. So how can I broach this subject, letting her know her touching isn’t appropriate in the workplace, but at the same time not offending her?
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Court Rules Against Wal-Mart in Sexual Harassment, Retaliation Case

August 30, 2011
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Jorge Pérez-Cordero filed a lawsuit in October 2001, alleging sexual-based discrimination and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Puerto Rico law.
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Some Subtle Signs of Incivility

January 14, 2011
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Many people have become inured to incivility, only later feeling the hurtful effects of colleagues' transgressions.
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Appeals Court Rules Single Incident Triggers Harassment Law

August 25, 2010
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The plaintiff’s attorney said that although the civil rights law establishes that a severe-enough single incident of harassment violates the law, most lawsuits charge either pervasive or severe and pervasive harassment.
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Ohio Court Finds Harassment Allegations Do Not Bar Comp Benefits

August 20, 2010
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The claimant had been under investigation concerning ‘numerous’ sexual harassment allegations for acts allegedly occurring between 2004 and 2008, the records state.
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Diversity of a Different Color

June 9, 2010
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Initiatives have shifted from their roots in equal opportunity for workers toward a focus on marketing goals and accessing diverse markets. But this new model may not survive stepped-up government enforcement and budget cuts threatening programs with unproven results.
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Racism Persists in 'Inclusive' Cultures

June 9, 2010
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Diversity and inclusion programs have proliferated over the past two decades, but the number of racial harassment charges filed at the EEOC has doubled.
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Lack of Discrimination Inquiry Not Retaliation, Court Rules

May 19, 2010
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A federal appeals court has ruled that an employee cannot bring a retaliation claim against her employer for failing to investigate a racial discrimination claim. The court held that the failure to investigate in itself could not be viewed as retaliation for the employee’s underlying bias claim, as was alleged.
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When Men Are Harassed

May 18, 2010
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While the majority of sexual harassment claims involve male-on-female harassment, allegations of male-on-male harassment—and even female-on-male harassment—are on the rise. Employers should not only be aware of this trend, but also understand how to identify all forms of sexual harassment and adjust their harassment policies accordingly.
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