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When Drafting Harassment Policies, Don’t Forget About Disabilities

I can't tell you how many harassment policies I review (and rewrite) that are simply called, "Sexual Harassment Policy." Most harassment complaints are about sexual harassment. But, the law just doesn't forbid sexual harassment; it forbids harassment based on any category protected...

Employers, don't let your employees use the "M" word -- it may be harassment.

That is not a typo. Watch out for the "M" word if you don't want to be accused of harassment based on race, national origin, or color. The "M" word is "monkey." Now me, if I were to associate a human being with "monkey," it would be the white guy Joe...

The “Dirty Dozen”: Top 12 Employer Harassment Mistakes

According to statistics collected by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission , harassment charges have stayed relatively stable over the past three years, and the number of “cause” determinations has actually declined. ( Yay! ) Yet employers should still be concerned because the monetary...

California Expands Mandated Sexual Harassment Training to Include Workplace Bullying

Since 2005, California has required employers with 50 or more employees to conduct sexual harassment training of supervisors within 6 months of assuming a supervisory position and biennially thereafter. Last week, Governor Brown signed AB 2053 into law, expanding the mandated content of this training...

The Other Side of the Coin on the Appropriate Response to Harassment

Last week I discussed the importance of a timely and effective remedial response by an employer to an employee’s harassment complaint. Today, I examine the other side of the coin—what happens when an employer does not take proactive steps to eliminate harassment from the workplace. The...

Workplace Sexual Harassment Prevention

For the first time in three semesters of teaching employment law at Penn State, I am cancelling class on Thursday. As a result, I recorded a video to address some of the issues we would have covered that day. Here's Intro to Workplace Sexual Harassment Prevention: Intro to Workplace Sexual Harassment...