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Hey customers! Guess what? We are sexual harassers!

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Question: Do you have to tell your customers you are sexual harassers? Yup, you might have to. Shocking, right?

In a startling court order, a judge required a company to inform their customers about their sexual harassment verdict against them for over $1 million. (EEOC v. Custom Cos. No. 2 C 3768, N.D.Ill. 3/8/07). In a 50-page opinion, the court characterized the company’s behavior as “reprehensible” based on a “sexually charged atmosphere” of touching, sexual advances, sexually explicit comments and jokes.

What does this new ruling mean to you?

“Make no mistake about it, this is a big decision--it’s really important,” stated John Hendrickson the EEOC’s regional attorney in Chicago. That means it is big news. The EEOC likes it. Other judges may just decide to use the same tactic when punishing employers in harassment cases.

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