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Harassment

Educate Managers About Third-Party Harassment

Many managers aren’t aware that their companies could be liable for harassment if a customer or vendor harasses an employee. And worse, some managers try to squelch any third-party harassment claims from employees to avoid losing business. Unfortunately, you could find dozens, maybe hundreds, of cases where managers get a complaint from an employee about customer or third-party potential harassment, and the…

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Workplace Bullies Can Threaten the Heart

If you’re bullied by a bad boss or co-worker, your heart may pay the price, new research shows. Victims of on-the-job bullying or violence faced a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, the researchers found. The new study of more than 79,000 European workers couldn’t prove cause and effect. But if there is a…

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EEOC Is Committed to Ending Workplace Harassment

Curbing workplace sexual harassment is an ongoing priority for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to agency leaders. The EEOC received more sexual-harassment charges in fiscal year 2018 than 2017 and filed more sexual-harassment lawsuits on behalf of aggrieved workers. The agency has put a huge emphasis on anti-harassment efforts and is focusing on…

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Harassment Claim Advances Despite Failure to Report Misconduct

An employee’s sexual harassment claim against her former employer could proceed to trial, even though she did not report the alleged conduct to management during her tenure, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided. Other employees did report incidents of harassment by the alleged harasser, however. The plaintiff began her employment with Susquehanna County,…

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Once Is Enough: Eleventh Circuit Allows Racial Harassment Claim Against Health Care Provider to Proceed—and Takeaways For Employers

Synopsis: In a recent decision, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, with appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the following districts: Middle District of Alabama. Northern District of Alabama. … Southern District of Georgia, held that the use of the N-Word in the workplace one time is sufficient to trigger a hostile work environment. Additionally, the…

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Can You Be Held Personally Liable In An Employment Lawsuit? The Answer Lies Down A Rabbit Hole

In “Alice in Wonderland,” the Queen of Hearts once proclaimed, “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” This appears to be the rallying cry of many plaintiffs across the country when they file administrative charges and lawsuits. They continue to name individual supervisors and human resources directors as individual defendants…

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Top 10 Ways People Get Revenge at Work

Revenge. We’ve all heard the sayings: “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” “Success is the best revenge.” “Beware the fury of a patient man.” “We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged.” In the workplace, employees find plenty of ways to get revenge. They spread unflattering rumors about their enemies. They…

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