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Can an HR professional have personal liability for employment decisions?

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Q. As an HR professional, do I have personal liability for my participation in employment decisions?

A. Possibly. Under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (but not under 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 could theoretically be liable along with the company. There can also be individual liability under other laws, such as the FMLA.

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