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THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE "MOORE" THEY STAY THE SAME. . .

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Remember Anita Hill? She is the attorney and academic who, in 1991, became a public figure when she accused Clarence Thomas, the then-Supreme Court nominee, of sexual harassment when he was her supervisor at the Department of Education and--wait for the irony--at the EEOC! Since those hearings, there have been seismic changes for women in the workplace, but many of the underlying fundamentals remain the same. So here we are again asking: What can be done? Do we really want to know the answers?

Employer's Good Faith Belief--though Incorrect--Leads to Termination: No Title VII Retaliation Found

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In Villa v. Cavamezze Grill, LLC, the plaintiff--a restaurant manager--reported to the Director of Operations that two employees claimed that a third employee offered them raises in exchange for sex. The DOO notified the CEO who instructed him to investigate. 

Protecting the workplace against sexual harassment

The allegations against movie production giant, Harvey Weinstein, have sent ripples across Hollywood and throughout. In the weeks since the New York Times initially published their account of Weinstein’s egregious behavior, waves of workplace sexual harassment allegations have crested against other power players.

The issue of sexual harassment is now becoming a hot topic for many employers as they are revisiting their own policies and examining what they can do to protect their employees and their workplace against sexual harassment.

Providing proper training for supervisors

Establishing an effective workplace and strong culture starts at the top for any company. When managers and supervisors model correct behavior, it sets the tone for others to follow. As a result, companies can realize tangible benefits by properly training their managers and supervisors. Proper training of supervisors will include:

Establishing the importance of documentation

When Getting Busy at Work Can Get You Fired (And Why Employers Need an Electronic Communications Policy)

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The term "sexting" crept into American vernacular in the mid-2000s and burst into the culture thanks, in large part, to Anthony Weiner. Prior to the rise and fall of "Carlos Danger," the Supreme Court addressed the question of whether an employer has the right to read an employee's personal text messages on a work-issued device.

Ocean City Restaurants Sued for Unpaid Wages

The popular restaurant, Harpoon Hanna's, located just across the Delaware line next to Ocean City, Maryland, has been sued for failure to pay proper wages to a tipped employee. Within the last year, a number of popular Ocean City restaurants have been sued by employees for failure to pay proper wages, including the failure to pay time-and-a-half for overtime.

SERVICE ANIMALS AND THE ADA

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"If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." - (Quote often attributed to Harry Truman)

The ADA defines a service dog as "any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition." 

TITLE VII: "Take Five"

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FIVE SIMPLE STEPS FOR EMPLOYERS

Harvey Weinstein is starring in a horror flick that he produced. Response to a New York Times article regarding Weinstein has been fast and furious. On October 5, 2017, The Times published an article about Weinstein's alleged sexual harassment. Allegations spanning decades ranged from unwanted sexual advances to sexual assaults. 

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