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The courts have begun to apply the Supreme Court’s broad new standards on sexual harassment to other types of discrimination. That means all your managers should get training on your company’s anti-discrimination policies. The high court ruled in June that a firm can be liable for a supervisor’s harassment of a co-worker even if the boss was never informed of the misconduct. Courts now say the I-didn’t-know defense won’t work in other bias cases, unless the company takes “reasonable care” to prevent discrimination. In one case, the Middle District Court of Tennessee cited the new standards in favor of a black employee who sued for race discrimination. (Booker v. Budget Rent-A-Car, No. 3-94-0048)
In most cases, workplace bullying is subtle and difficult to recognize. To deal with these issues effectively, managers must first differentiate true bullying from lesser forms of workplace aggravation. They should also recognize that bullying is a game that requires two players: dominators aggressively attempt to intimidate, while victims meekly comply....Click here to find out more.