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Sexual Harassment Archives

What behaviors qualify as sexual harassment?

Whether you work for a large corporation, a small cupcake shop or a mid-sized real estate business, you have the right to do your job in an atmosphere that is safe and comfortable. Unfortunately, sexual harassment is a common problem in many industries, and one that does not discriminate between men and women.

Standing up for what's right shouldn't get you punished at work

Sometimes workers have to report inappropriate or illegal practices in the workplace, and unfortunately their appropriate action can lead to retaliation from their coworkers or superiors. This can include demotion, dismissal, termination or discipline for reporting or thinking about reporting racial or sexual harassment or the harassment of a fellow employee.

Executive Order requires compliance from federal contractors.

Although President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order in July 2014, the implementation schedule is just now taking effect. In August 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR Council) presented final rules and provided guidance in applying the new regulations. While it has been reported that the majority of federal contractors have complied with the requirements of the order, there are cases where employees have not been paid appropriate wages, have worked in a hazardous environment and have suffered from discriminatory practices.

Bartender? What to do when your boss thinks you should be shaking him

Shaken, not stirred. It's a recipe for the perfect (Bond) martini. Up, on the rocks, doubles, straight--you know your job and you do it well. Five deep waiting at the bar? No worries. You can swipe a card, pour a drink and tap a beer, while still carrying on a conversation.

Can simple things be sexual harassment?

Most people know about more drastic cases of sexual harassment and don't have to ask if anything improper has been done -- they know it has. If your boss tells you that he or she would like you to spend the night on a business trip, in exchange for a promotion, it's obvious that this behavior crosses the line.

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