The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has not seen a surge in sexual harassment complaints since the start of the #MeToo movement, but more employees have been threatening to sue their respective employers. The Acting EEOC Commissioner, Victoria Lipnic, recently spoke at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference in Washington DC and stated that there has been an increase of demand letters to employers from attorneys on behalf of putative plaintiffs. Demand letters may be a precursor to an employee filing an actual charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and then, subsequently, a lawsuit. Lipnic also noted that it is critical for management to take the lead on addressing sexual harassment and, “if the leadership of the organization is not invested in making sure that the culture of their organization is one that does not tolerate harassing behavior and does not let these kinds of things happen, then you can do training every six months and it’s not going to make much of a difference.” To learn more about her speech and what employers can do to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, listen to this week’s Telebrief here.
Also in this week’s Telebrief: Maryland Paid Sick Leave Act F.A.Q.’s and the Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program (PAID).
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