Personal liability for HR professionals?

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Q.  I know that my company can be sued by my current and former employees for its employment actions. Do I, as an HR professional, have personal liability for my participation in employment decisions?

A. Possibly. For example, under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (but not under most federal anti-discrimination laws), an individual can be liable for discrimination if he or she is an “aider” or “abettor” in discriminatory conduct. If you were involved in an employment decision later attacked as discriminatory, you theoretically could be liable, along with the company.  

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