Whether a company wins, loses or dodges a sexual harassment lawsuit often hinges on how its managers react to employees’ complaints, comments and behavior. It’s a gray area. How much do you know?
1. Which of these comments crosses the legal line of sexually offensive behavior?
a. “I’d like you to meet Sally, the ‘Dolly Parton’ of the office.”
b. “You’ve been out sick a lot lately. You’re not pregnant, are you?”
c. “You’re in such a bad mood today. What’s the problem? PMS?”
2. Say a company has a strict rule against supervisors dating employees. You find out that one of your supervisors is going out with his secretary. Do you:
a. Fire the secretary immediately. It’s a lot easier to find another secretary than it is to train a new supervisor.
b. Call the secretary in and explain the company policy against dating. Make sure she understands that she will be disciplined if it continues.
c. Talk to the supervisor and the secretary...(register to read more)
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