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A Letter to the NLRB on Its Latest Position Against Confidential Workplace Investigations

August 2, 2012
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Halting confidential workplace investigations serves no one's interest, including the employees the agency is sworn to protect.
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'Bitch' as Sexual Harassment: Context Matters (Sort of)

August 1, 2012
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A court recently concluded that even though the word 'bitch' is sexually based, its use must be examined in context to determine whether it constitutes harassment 'because of sex.'
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Vulgar Language Must Be Viewed in Context in Sexual Harassment Case: Court

July 27, 2012
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Said one attorney, in cases where off-color language is used, the ruling signifies the importance of finding out 'how that language was used to determine what steps the employer should take and how they should go about investigating' it and imposing discipline.
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820,000 Reasons to Have a Social Media Policy

July 19, 2012
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Employers need social media policies to establish the rules of road for employees, who do not understand that they can be held responsible for their off-duty, online activities.
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Hotel Groups to Settle EEOC Harassment Suit

July 6, 2012
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The EEOC said female employees were subjected to the constant use of racial slurs and derogatory sex-based and racial comments.
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Supreme Court to Clarify What Constitutes a Supervisor in Harassment Cases

June 27, 2012
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The court accepted the case June 25 and has ruled on the issue previously under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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25 Million Reasons to Tell a Good Story

June 14, 2012
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It strikes me that likening KKK graffiti and a toy monkey with a noose around its neck as common 'trash talking' is a recipe for a disaster.
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Muslim Woman Wins $5.1M Judgment in Work Discrimination Suit

May 8, 2012
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Employers must make sure their employees, including line workers as well as supervisory staff, are 'trained carefully in anti-harassment measures and policy.'
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Court: Three Unwanted Touches in Five Months Constitute Sex Harassment

May 8, 2012
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One attorney familiar with the case says the case illustrates that employers need to conduct an investigation 'in any situation that involves intimate touching.'
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State Court Upholds Gay Employee's Hostile Work Environment Claim

May 7, 2012
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Said one attorney, 'This is the first appellate-level case in the country that extends hostile work environment (claims) to the area of sexual orientation.'
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