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Mama mia! Can an employee's parent put you on notice of sexual harassment?

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If you thought only employees could put you on legal notice that harassment is occurring in your workplace, maybe it’s time you looked up … into the sky. A new court ruling says that “helicopter parents”—super-involved moms and dads who hover over their kids’ lives—can officially flip your notice switch, requiring you to take prompt effective action to stop the harassing conduct. If not, you’ll see them both in court.

Employers have a duty to stop harassment once they’re notified about it. In most cases, it’s the employee herself who voices the complaint to management. But what if an employee’s mother complains? Does that count as official “notice”? If your workforce includes lots of younger workers, one court answers this “Mother May I?” question with a definitive “Yes, YOU CAN!”

Case in Point: Sixteen-year-old Samekiea Merriweather worked after school and on weekends at a Burger King in Milw...(register to read more)

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Barb. May 21, 2009 at 1:58 pm

I love the “she didn’t handle it ‘like a lady'” when he was NOWHERE near a gentleman.

She should be proud of having a mother that would stand up for her. A lot of them won’t because they had to deal with it when they were young girls, so their daughters are going to have to learn to deal, too.


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