Sexual Harassment Policies

What if employers (who, hopefully, adhere to a well-publicized “zero-tolerance” policy towards sexual harassment, or any kind of harassment for that matter), actively discouraged, showed disapproval or otherwise rebuked every stray or trivial unwanted comment or act that did not rise to a legally-actionable level?  Would this cause a decrease in actionable harassment or a less

At the University of Iowa, an investigation showed that the athletics academic adviser violated the school’s harassment policy over a period of years.   In December, the President of the Regents, which governs the university, said that this showed a failure to implement a policy that requires all university employees to participate in sexual hharassment

Do I have any understanding of the many anti-discrimination laws governing the workplace? Do I have any policies or procedures in place that will help me if I get sued by a disgruntled employee? Am I prepared for a discrimination lawsuit if it comes my way?

 

Good questions to answer in the affirmative. Can you also answer

Here’s a cautionary tale. The EEOC sued a Burger King franchisee in 1998 on behalf of 89 female employees who alleged sexual harassment.  The case, pending in update New York, has been one of the EEOC’s most extensive sexual harassment cases ever.

 

The company fought the suit for 14 years and finally decided that although it

Our Princeton office will host a breakfast seminar on February 14, 2013 from 8:30 am. to 10 am, entitled Preventing Sexual Harassment and Discrimination.

This program will address the fundamentals for employers regarding the prevention of sexual harassment and illegal discrimination in the workplace.  The discussion will include what the law requires as well as what

Sexual harassment has been front and center in the news these days – witness the horrific gang rape in India that has spurred world-wide outrage (see also our blogs from last week).

Now, a newly released report from the Department of Defense entitled “Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the United States Military

“Harrowing,” “appalling” and “extreme abuse” were words used by EEOC lawyers regarding a series of recently filed cases targeting sexual harassment of farmworkers. It appears that the EEOC is periodically targeting different types of discrimination and different industries, and selecting particularly egregious cases to make a point to employers. Recently, for example, we noted that the EEOC