Human Resources News & Insights

Yes, one word can create a hostile work environment — especially, if it’s this word

All it takes is a single “extreme isolated act of discrimination” by a manager or supervisor to get your company sued for creating a hostile work environment, a court just ruled.

‘Put on your big boy pants’: Takeaways from man’s retaliation suit

When a male employee in a predominantly female workforce voices a gender discrimination complaint, it’s probably not the best idea to tell him to “suck it up” and “put on your big boy pants.”

The day hugging died: Ruling says it’s time for a new office policy

As human beings, we hoped this day would never come. But as HR pros, we all thought it would. And now it has arrived: the day when hugging in the workplace dies. 

3 little words from CEO propel worker’s retaliation lawsuit

Here’s more proof that managers (and executives) need to keep their opinions to themselves and just stick to the facts when disciplining employees. Otherwise, they could create a path for employees to sue. 

‘Bruised feelings’ don’t cut it in same-sex harassment lawsuit, court rules

A supervisor touches a subordinate’s butt, continually makes comments on his appearance and asks him out for drinks. Seems like a pretty solid case of sexual harassment, right? 

‘But he showed me his … Why can’t I sue for sexual harassment?’

Let’s set the scene for a recent lawsuit: A male worker exposed himself to a female co-worker and showed her explicit pictures of himself. Then, word spread about the incident in the workplace. Sounds like a slam-dunk sexual harassment lawsuit, right? 

‘How’s that NOT harassment? He put his hands on her’

When is putting your hands on a co-worker and preventing her from leaving the room NOT sexual harassment? 

She was only harassed at one of her many work locations, so …

This woman had many supervisors, and only one of them harassed her. Is that a hostile work environment? 

When employees’ cursing gets you sued

Most people let a curse — or, in some instances, many curses — fly at work on occasion. Usually it isn’t a problem. Here’s an instance where it could be.

Why this staffer’s shocking off-site behavior wasn’t harassment

This employee threatened to shoot his co-worker and her husband. Was the company somehow responsible?