Topic: Sexual Harassment

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 »

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 »

Workplace Discrimination: 7 Areas Targeted by the EEOC

“The [Equal Opportunity Employment Commission] received a total of 99,947 charges of discrimination in fiscal year 2011, a slight increase from the year before… [and] filed 300 lawsuits and 261 ‘merits’ lawsuits, which include direct suits and interventions alleging violations of the substantive provisions of the statutes enforced by the EEOC and suits to enforce… 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 »