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Hey, customers! Guess what? We are sexual harassers!

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by Mindy Chapman, Esq.

Do you have to tell your customers if you’re slapped with a sexual harassment verdict? You soon might have to.

In a startling new court ruling, a judge in Illinois required a company to distribute a notice to its customers informing them of the $1 million sexual harassment verdict levied against it and reaffirming its commitment to equal opportunity employment in the workplace. The company also had to post a notice in the workplace informing all of its employees. (EEOC v. Custom Cos., No. 2 C 3768, N.D. Ill., 3/8/07)

“Make no mistake about it, this is a big decision. It’s really important,” said John Hendrickson, the EEOC’s regional attorney in Chicago.

The danger: Judges in other states may decide to use the same customer notification tactic when punishing employers in harassment cases.

And that’s bad news because your organization wants to announce to customers its vision ... not its verdi...(register to read more)

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