Supervisors and managers MUST report harassment to higher-ups. But what are the reporting obligations of “team leaders” or “leads”? These are people who have more responsibilities than employees but less than full-fledged members of. Leads live in that “gray zone” somewhere in between. So what are their obligations? One court recently clarified it: Train them like managers to report suspected harassment. Staying silent will create liability.
Case in Point: Season Blevins, an 18-year-old cashier at a Tennessee chicken and biscuits restaurant, worked the night shift with a cook and team leader. Shortly after she started the job, Blevins was allegedly subjected to come-ons by the cook. He frequently made sexually explicit comments to her and repeatedly touched her body and breasts.
On at least four occasions, Blevins reported the cook’s conduct to the shift leader. Blevins says the shift leader e...(register to read more)