“Oh Wow, You Look So Pretty I Can’t Even Concentrate” was the title of a post we wrote on August 9th, subtitled:  “Sexual Banter Or Sexual Harassment?”

See: https://employmentdiscrimination.foxrothschild.com/2014/08/articles/sexual-harassment-1/oh-wow-you-look-so-petty-i-cant-even-concentrate-mere-banter-or-sexual-harassment/

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We decided to survey the attitudes towards “sexual banter” and sexual harassment” in different countries, and began with this article from South Africa.  We

Two lawyers who represent employees have responded to our request for comments made in our recent post entitled “Zero Tolerance” And “Broken Windows?”

And for the most part they are not that keen on the idea of a “zero tolerance” policy, for reasons which they describe below.  But they rightly note that the issues raised

A couple of early comments to our “Zero Tolerance” post earlier this week drew our attention because of the insights shared.  We think that these two comments can be a central point around which an educational discussion/debate can coalesce.

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Lisa Hutchin, Contractor – Labor Relations in Sacramento, CA:

“I think we can have

“Zero Tolerance” – is it an ambiguous term, we asked recently?   Is it a synonym for “non-thinking,” as one reader suggested?

Should it be reserved for serious violations?   Does “one size not fit all?”

New Racial Harassment Case

On October 4th, we posted about a new EEOC Title VII race and national origin harassment lawsuit

Readers once again were quick to respond to our post “‘Oh Wow, You Look So Pretty I Can’t Even Concentrate’ – Sexual Banter Or Sexual Harassment?”

We will publish many more reader comments, but first we think that readers might want to chew on two good comments on workplace behavior from attorneys on the employee

We just read an article which began “Unwelcome groping, or a promise of a better job in return for a kiss, clearly amount to sexual harassment.   But what about comments like ‘Oh wow, you look so pretty, I can’t even concentrate,” or ‘You look sexy today?’”

Is this sexual harassment?  Harmless banter?  The answer is 

A reader, Tony Vogele, in response to our post about sexual banter leading (or not leading) to sexual harassment, said that “The best rule is probably, ‘don’t say anything in the workplace you wouldn’t say to your mother or first grade teacher.’  While it might sound overly strict, the cost-benefit analysis says it