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When supervisor’s harassment is serious, make sure the punishment fits the crime

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When a supervisor harasses a subordinate, there will be litigation.

Employers that don’t take swift action when they learn of possible harassment have only themselves to blame. Being too timid when it comes to punishing the supervisor is not a good idea.

Whatever you do, don’t even think about transferring the harassed subordinate into a position with fewer responsibilities.

Instead, move the harasser—or even terminate him. Otherwise, a jury may find that your response to the complaint and the problem were ineffectual and make you pay for your mistake, as happened in this case.

Recent case: Hilda Negrete went to work for the city of Laredo as a deputy secretary. Her supervisor was the city secretary.

Laredo has a sexual harassment policy that provides several ways for employees to file complaints.

Negrete complained to the designated sexual harassment officer that her supervisor was sexually harassing ...(register to read more)

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