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Alternate Complaint Avenues and Harassment Prevention

September 26, 2013
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A effective anti-harassment policy provides multiple avenues for an employee to complain. Otherwise, an employee will feel powerless if the person to whom a policy directs her to complain also happens to be the alleged harasser.
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Can an Employee Assume the Risk of Harassment?

September 23, 2013
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No employee should have to deal with a sexually harassing workplace. But maybe those who choose to work for rappers Insane Clown Posse should forfeit the right to complain of sexually offensive content.
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Legal Briefing: Supreme Court Ruling Limits Harassment Claims

August 21, 2013
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Employers must have complaint procedures and an effective process to investigate and resolve harassment allegations.
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Supreme Court Rulings Won't Resolve Workplace Business Problems

July 9, 2013
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It's predicted that more claims will be dismissed without need of trial. That may be true, but in practice it misses a key business point.
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Why Paula Deen Loves Gay Marriage

July 8, 2013
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In her race discrimination lawsuit, Deen cites 'Hollingsworth v. Perry,' the recent U.S. Supreme Court case that dismissed, on the basis of a lack of standing, the challenge to the illegality of California's gay marriage ban.
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Employers, Read Those Severance Agreements

June 27, 2013
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The moral of story is that employers must read agreements, and not merely assume that a recently terminated employee will play fair.
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'Vance v. Ball St.' Narrows Employer Liability for Harassment

June 26, 2013
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Make no mistake, this ruling is a huge victory for employers. This case limits vicarious liability only to those who are in an actual position to affect the plaintiff's terms and conditions of employment.
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He's a Lumberjack and, Apparently, He's Not OK

June 19, 2013
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Just because an employee posed nude for money in his 20s does not mean that he is comfortable with it becoming a workplace joke in his 40s. If an employee complains, the company has an obligation to investigate and take reasonable measure to stop the harassing behavior from continuing.
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What Do You Do When an Employee Refuses to Complain?

June 12, 2013
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Harassment is harassment, regardless of whether the victim complains or management learns of the harassment allegations another way. A company's obligations to investigate, and, if necessary, take corrective action does not change merely because the victim won't cooperate.
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Sexual Assaults in the Military and Mission Effectiveness

June 4, 2013
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Victims have reported that their attackers were the very people to whom they were required to report attacks. This system may cause complaints to be ignored or dismissed and the claimants ostracized or retaliated against.
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