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Harassment: What's Legal, What Isn't; What You Can and Cannot Do at Work

Recorded on April 01, 2006

Sexual harassment may get most of the attention, but harassment based on any protected category -- age, race, disability, etc. -- is equally confusing, dangerous and illegal.

The fact of the matter is, the business world has greatly changed in the last few years and there are certain things that are not only unacceptable, but in some cases illegal.

This Webinar provides a heads-up on the "new rules of the workplace", based upon extensive research into federal statutes and court cases. It will educate your employees about how to avoid statements or behavior that could be construed as harassment -- on the basis of sex, age, race, disability, or other prohibited factors.

This webinar is intended to give you as clear and "bright line" guidance as possible as to:

  • what the legal definition of harassment is;

  • the forms of harassment; the legal criteria used to distinguish unlawful (or "actionable") harassment from what may be rude,
  • crude or lewd behavior, but isn't necessarily illegal;
  • what your policy on harassment should say (and maybe not say); and

  • what you should do when presented with a harassment complaint.

An employer can not only be liable for failing to recognize or correct harassment: it can be liable for not acting fast enough, and can even be sued when it does act! (By the alleged harasser -- for "negligent investigation," "wrongful discharge," or even other forms of discrimination.)

Employers make matters worse for themselves by failing to distinguish unlawful harassment from plain unpleasantness at work and by copying policies with definitions and examples of "harassment" that go well beyond even what the liberal laws and courts consider to be illegal.

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