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What to do if You are a Victim of Sexual Harassment

There are two official kinds of sexual harassment under the law: quid pro quo and hostile work environment. Both are all-too- common in the workplace. Both are prohibited by state and federal laws. Types of Sexual Harassment Hostile work environment: this occurs when employee encounters unwelcome sexually charged behavior such as offensive sexual comments, unwanted…

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Recap of 2015’s Gender Employment Discrimination Stories

Throughout 2015, individuals and companies took efforts to tackle gender employment discrimination across the country including the wage gap, the lack of paid leave and professional sexism. According to the Atlantic, gender discrimination took front-and-center in 2015 with high profile cases involving gender discrimination and parties such as venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers,…

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Claims of Age Discrimination on the Rise

Complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have risen 30 percent in the past two decades. In fact, a recent New York Times article detailed the story of two multi decades-long female professors at Ohio State University who recently filed age discrimination claims against their former employer. Both retired short of their full-time…

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Increase in Workplace Disability Discrimination Claims

Federal officials say disability-based job discrimination claims have increased across the nation, according to a Disability Scoop article. The Disability Scoop reports that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) noted a 6 percent rise in disability-based discrimination charges – that amounts to almost 27,000 complaints in 2015. Disability-based discrimination charges accounted for two thirds…

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Sexual Harassment & Defamation of Character

What are rumors? Rumors, sometimes referred to as gossip, can be very serious if used in the workplace. This is especially true of the person initiating the rumors has significant power over the person the rumors are about. Harassment or Defamation Sexual harassment is unwelcomed behavior based on race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability…


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Is Income Awarded in a Sexual Harassment Settlement Taxable?

Earlier this year, a jury that consisted of five men and seven women awarded TV news reporter Erin Andrews $55 million in her lawsuit regarding a 2008 video shot of her by a peeping tom while she was staying at a Vanderbilt University Marriott in Nashville. The jury found multiple parties responsible including the hotel…


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What is Whistleblowing?

A whistleblower is someone who reports his or her employer’s misconduct. The employee may work for a public government or a private enterprise and the disclosure could be to the public or those of authority regarding mismanagement, illegal behavior, corruption or some other wrongdoing. Whistleblowers are protected from retaliation by an employer under various laws,…


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Workplace Retaliation Defined

There are several federal and state laws that protect individuals from discrimination in the workplace. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants and employees based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. Title VII applies to both private and government employers, including federal and…


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Why Report Sexual Harassment?

A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll found that one in four women in the America has experienced  sexual harassment in the workplace. Moreover, one out of ten men has experienced workplace sexual harassment, too, according to the study. As much as one quarter of men polled said they were afraid of being falsely accused of…


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How Employers Can Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Under the federal law known as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), employers have the responsibility of ensuring the workplace is free of sexual harassment. While this is a legal obligation, maintaining a harassment-free workplace just makes good business sense. An environment that is uncomfortable for employees will result in…


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