Topic: harassment

In The Workplace: Latest Need-to-Know Employment Law News

Keeping track of the latest developments in labor and employment law can be challenging for employers and HR managers. What to know? Health care reforms, revisions to the Family and Medical Leave Act, judicial interpretations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, to be sure. But also textual harassment, workplace investigations, internships, working interviews, and much… Read more »

5 Tips for Managing Workplace Romance Risks

[Video: Do ‘Love Contracts’ Ease the Risks of Office Relationships?] We’re very happy for both of you. Now if you’ll please sign this “love contract,” you can get back to work… Valentine’s Day may be upon us, but office romance poses significant challenges to employers all year long. What to do? Suggestions, from employment lawyers… Read more »

Supreme Court Could Have Final Word on Who is a “Supervisor”

Late last month, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Vance v. Ball State, a racial harassment lawsuit that could have a significant impact on employer liability in harassment cases. From Pete Land and Gwendolyn Morales of law firm Franczek Radelet: “The Vance case offers the Supreme Court the opportunity to resolve a circuit-split regarding… Read more »

Are You Doing Your Part to Prevent Workplace Bullying?

“Everyone deserves a safe, healthy workplace.” (Workplace Bullying Institute) October 14 – 21 is National Freedom from Workplace Bullying Week. What does that mean for employers and HR managers? From XpertHR: ““During this week… [e]mployers should demonstrate that they will take all necessary steps aimed at curbing workplace bullying and preventing an abusive workplace by… Read more »

Employer Violated NLRA When Terminating Employee for Harassment

The National Labor Relations Board has found the termination of an employee who violated his employer’s harassment policy to be unlawful. Neil Goldsmith and Chris Johlie (from law firm Franczek Radelet) provide background: “… the employer was in the midst of a decertification campaign when several female employees lodged a written complaint over vulgar, harassing… Read more »

HR Update: 5 Best Practices for Internal Investigations

“…[E]mployers are presented with circumstances on a regular basis that must be investigated effectively to avoid significant legal liability… [K]eep in mind that an internal investigation may become your defense in any subsequent litigation and therefore may be subject to significant scrutiny by the plaintiff, the plaintiff’s lawyer and possibly a jury. As a result,… Read more »

When The Boss Does the Harassing, the Company Pays

A recent decision before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals provides a cautionary lesson for employers involved in employee harassment lawsuits. In Townsend v. Benjamin Enterprises, Inc., the Second Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling that Benjamin Enterprises was liable for sexual harassment by its vice president because he was “a corporate shareholder [who] …… Read more »

5 Rights of Every Employee

“… the [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)] stated that it received 99,947 discrimination charges against private sector employers in FY 2011… Charges alleging retaliation under all of the statutes the EEOC enforces accounted for the highest overall percentage of private sector complaints received (37.4%), followed closely by race discrimination complaints (35.4%). Claims of religious discrimination,… Read more »

It’s Valentine’s Day – Do You Know What Your Employees Are Doing?

“Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and while you might be tempted to show your affection to colleagues with candy, flowers or thoughtful cards, labor attorney Steve Palazzolo has one suggestion: Don’t…  ‘What worked for us in elementary school does not translate successfully to the office. To avoid conflict – or, even worse, violating… Read more »