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The Risk Companies Run When Bullying Goes Incognito

November 8, 2013
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Unless a bully is harassing someone because of a protected class (race, sex, age, disability, religion, national origin) bullying is probably legal.
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Do You Employ Minors? Then Read This Sexual Harassment Case.

October 30, 2013
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Even though the court concluded that the alleged harassment constituted one single incident, it was sufficiently severe such that a jury could conclude that it constituted a hostile work environment.


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The Case Regarding Unpaid Intern Sexual Harassment

October 15, 2013
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Critics of this decision argue that it leaves interns unprotected from harassment. Yet, there are three reasons why this decision doesn’t have nearly as big an impact as some would like you to believe.
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It’s Time to End Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination

October 9, 2013
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The time has come for Congress to step up to the plate and enact legislation including sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes, and bring to and end the shameful protection of discrimination against this marginalized class of individuals.


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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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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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EEOC Lands Its Largest Settlement Ever

May 6, 2013
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I never thought I'd read about a case in which I could say to myself, “A $240 million jury verdict doesn't seem all that out of whack.” Then I read about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's recent $240 million jury verdict against Henry's Turkey Service. The agency alleged that the farm subjected its 32 mentally disabled workers to decades of abuse.
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There Is No Such Thing as a 'License to Harass'

April 18, 2013
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Employees need to understand that some participation in sex-based workplace hijinks does not create a license to harass in perpetuity. No one can tell where someone draws his or her personal line of inappropriateness, and trying to make that decision for someone else can only result in trouble (i.e., a lawsuit) down the road.
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