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Making waves: Can an employee's radio create harassment?

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You may trust your employees to not harass female colleagues. But do you trust Howard Stern? The growth of XM and Sirius radios have brought uncensored programming into cubicles, warehouses and breakrooms. And as a new court ruling proves, employees who overhear such sexual banter—even if it’s not directed at them—can sue for harassment…

Case In Point: Ingrid Reeves, a transportation sales rep, was the only woman working in an otherwise all-male work area. She complained that she was deluged on a daily basis by sexually offensive language about women. She was also made to listen to a satellite radio station that featured frequent talk about women as sexual objects. She’d change the channel, but the men would change it back.

The branch manager talked to the male employees at a company meeting about their language and behavior. But it never ceased.

Eventually Reeves quit and filed suit, claiming sh...(register to read more)

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