Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Social media takes workplace harassment to a new level

Recent cases that highlight these challenges:

  • Earlier [in 2012], an employer paid $2.3 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the EEOC alleging sexual harassment and retaliation. A store manager allegedly sent sexually charged text messages to an employee who reported the harassment to her direct supervisor. The supervisor was fired after he reported the harassment to the company’s legal department.
  • A court upheld a $1.6 million verdict in favor of an employee with a disability who was harassed by co-workers on a blog outside the workplace. The employee reported the harassment but the employer failed to take effective action. The employer was found liable because it was aware of the harassment and didn’t stop it.

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