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n late 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 396, which expanded existing supervisor training requirements for employers. Under the bill, beginning in January 2018, content on harassment based on gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation must be included in the training.

February 23, 2018

On November 30, @shrmnextchat chatted with employment attorney Jonathan Segal @jonathan_hr_law about The Holidays: Maximizing the Joy and Minimizing the Risk.

In case you missed this fun and informative chat filled with great ideas for how HR to handle the Holidays, you can read all the tweets here:

 

November 30, 2016
 
 
    
 
When it comes to office conduct, we’ve come a long way from the Mad Men era when a whiskey or three throughout the day and a peck on a coworker’s cheek were all part of the status quo. Now, behavior like that is guaranteed to lead to a slap on the wrist, if not a flat-out termination.
 
November 21, 2016

Today marks the 30th Anniversary of the Supreme Court's holding that sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. It seems obvious to all of us today, but it was not at the time the EEOC took the position. It was not until SCOTUS said the EEOC was right that the EEOC's enforcement position became the law of the land.

June 19, 2016

 

May is celebrated as the Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Heritage Month: http://asianpacificheritage.gov/about/.  At times, this celebration seems to get much less attention than months dedicated to other groups of the diverse fabric of workplaces.

Perhaps, this is because, as a group, Asian Americans have been largely successful.  For example, while less than 30% of the general population has a bachelor’s degree, approximately 50% of Asian Americans do.

May 17, 2016

Is That Harassment Claim Worthy of Investigation? Don't Just Go with Your Gut

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May 12, 2015
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You are investigating a complaint of harassment.  You meet with witness Wally and he tells you the following:

April 23, 2015

Do 'Flexible' Workplaces Lead to More Sexual Harassment?

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April 9, 2015
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Well, there are now fewer calls to the phone banks of plaintiffs’ lawyers’ as most problems resulting from holiday parties already have been raised.  But plaintiffs’ lawyers have no fear: there will be a salvo of calls after Valentine’s Day.  And that reminds me of a story.

It is 9:00 a.m.  A secretary reports to her desk.  Waiting for her is a sealed card.

The secretary opens the envelope and it is a Valentine's Day card from her manager.  Having undergone sensitivity training, the manager signs it "fondly" as opposed to "lovingly."

February 10, 2015

 

The news just broke that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver hit Donald Sterling, owner of the LA Clippers, with a lifetime ban from the sport and a $2.5 million fine due to racist remarks attributed to Sterling.  The investigation was prompt, the action swift and the message being sent is powerful.  One of the big issues that remains is that Sterling has been known in the past for making racists comments – yet the NBA did nothing.  Time will tell what the fallout will be for the NBA.

April 30, 2014

They can be charming, presentable, socially skilled, professionally successful and well-regarded by superiors. They can also be workplace bullies.

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February 18, 2014

New protections for job applicants convicted of crimes, for employees who use medical marijuana and for workers’ private social media accounts are among the state laws that took effect in 2014. 

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January 14, 2014

In Nasir, the U.S. Supreme Court held that, to prove retaliation under Title VII, a “but for” analysis applies. This is a higher standard than the “motivating factor” burden to prove discrimination under Title VII.

Nasir has been hailed as a big win for employers.  But that’s only at summary judgment or perhaps at trial where the wins can be extremely expensive. 

The real win for employers is that it makes it easier for us to take corrective action in response to retaliation without necessarily making admissions, at least under federal law.  Why?

October 3, 2013

Bob Filner. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Herman Cain. Samuel Kent. Suzanne Barr.

What do these five people have in common? All are (or were) powerful professionals or politicians whose reputations and careers were blemished by allegations that they sexually harassed others.

At a time when companies and government entities are pouring money and manpower into preventing sexual harassment, how can some leaders—despite being smart, educated and worldly—still not get it?

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September 6, 2013