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Do Your ‘Team Leaders’ Have the Same Harassment-Reporting Duties as Your Supervisors?

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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 management. 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)

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Sarah December 22, 2009 at 3:37 pm

The Team Leader was the on-site manager at the time of the incidents and should have reported the incidents to the “official” manager (i.e. their manager). The employee, when not recieving result from the Team Leader should have moved up the “food” chain herself and talked with the next person up the corporate ladder and kept going until something was done.
It doesn’t sound like the company made it clear who was a “manager” and who wasn’t. Appearances DO count in courts, as shown by this case.


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