Preventing and handling workplace harassment of teen workers

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

Because of their youth and inexperience in the workplace, teenage workers are uniquely vulnerable to sexual harassment. It’s your responsibility to prevent harassment—and investigate it if it does occur.

THE LAW: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars discrimination based on sex. Workplace sexual harassment falls under Title VII, and courts have created a framework that allows employees to report harassment and for employers to investigate and remedy harassing situations without facing liability.

Similarly, the ADA prohibits discrimination against disabled workers, including workplace harassment based on disability.

Citing these two laws, courts have consistently held that employees are entitled to a harassment-free workplace. Numerous state laws also address workplace harassment.

WHAT’S NEW: The EEOC recently re­­leased a training video titled “Youth@Work” that’s designed to educate teen workers about their rights a...(register to read more)

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