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.
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- Stop harassment (and cut liability) with comprehensive training
- Loss of supporting documents needn't sink your defense