The Isiah Thomas Case: Why All Executives Need Sexual Harassment Training

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If two-time NBA championship winning Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas is not above the law, then surely the CEO, president, or owner of your organization is not. That's the message you need to get across to top brass who don't take your anti-discrimination efforts seriously. If the executives in your organization are resistant to receiving sexual harassment training, use Thomas as an example of why they should care.

Last week, a jury decided that Thomas, coach and president of the NY Knicks, had sexually harassed former vice president of Marketing Anucha Browne Sanders. Browne Sanders had alleged that Thomas routinely called her a "bitch" and "ho," then later declared his love for her and made unwanted advances.

Thomas does not have to pay punitive damages, but the jury ordered Madison Square Garden to pay Browne Sanders $6 million for allowing a hostile work environment to exist and $2.6 million for retaliation; it or...(register to read more)

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