HR is being forced to respond to an increasing number of sexual harassment claims revolving around explicit photos sent via text message, a practice known as “sexting.”
Latest case: A Hooters waitress in Florida sued, saying her manager sexually harassed her by texting explicit photos.
Lesson: Expand anti-harassment and e-mail policies to include cell phones, cameras, IMs and texts. Remind workers: If a message isn’t appropriate to send to grandma, it isn’t appropriate to send to a co-worker.
- Alert bosses: Email can and will be used against you in court
- Shut down demeaning name-calling ASAP--or else prepare to pay for your 'tolerance'
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