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Why companies can't ignore harassment

Tennessee employers should be ready to handle any allegations of sexual harassment within their organizations. Failure to do so could have an impact on both a brand's image and its ability to make money. In addition to losing customers, it could lose investors as well as the chance at hiring quality people.

Sexual harassment accusations require employers to investigate

Tennessee might feel a long way from the rising tide of sexual harassment accusations among Hollywood celebrities against their colleagues, but the problem permeates numerous workplaces. The social media hashtag #MeToo produced over a million accounts of sexual harassment and assault worldwide in less than one week. The stories of mostly private individuals revealed the extent of the bad behavior in all corners of society. With the problem in the public eye, more people might file complaints at work, and employers have legal obligations to investigate these allegations.

The next step after talking to HR

When Tennessee workers are harassed, their employers are supposed to make an effort to resolve the problem. However, it is possible that a human resources representative may try to pretend like a conversation with the employee never happened. While employees may believe that the HR department is there to help them, they may be neutral parties at best. In some cases, they may be on the employer's side.

How employees can address workplace harassment

Sexual harassment at work may be a problem for employers in Tennessee and throughout the country. While most people acknowledge that it exists, men may have a hard time engaging their female counterparts in a discussion about the issue. However, it is important that men and others who witness or hear about sexual harassment to talk about it. Many victims and witnesses fail to report such behavior out of fear that it could cause additional problems.

Tesla the subject of multiple discrimination lawsuits

Tennesseans have rights to not suffer discrimination and harassment at their jobs based on their protected characteristics. Despite the federal and state laws that protect workers, some still are the victims of illegal workplace discrimination and harassment. When they are, they might have the grounds to file lawsuits against their employers.

How disability discrimination costs workers and employers

Some people in Tennessee with disabilities might not have informed their employers about their conditions. A study conducted by the Center for Talent Innovation found that only 21 percent of people with disabilities told human resources about them while fewer than 40 percent let their managers know.

Dangerous underride accidents result in severe injuries or worse

Most people accept that there's some risk involved with getting into a motor vehicle, either as a passenger or a driver. A good number of people on the road take steps to reduce their risk of a collision and the potential injuries that could come with one. Sometimes, unfortunately, people who could take steps to save lives and reduce accident rates choose not to, often for very selfish reasons.

Workplace sexual harassment under Title VII

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 establishes sexual harassment as a form of workplace discrimination. It applies to companies in Tennessee and around the country with at least 15 employees. Title VII makes it illegal for employers to discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex or religion.

The fight goes on against racial discrimination

Earlier this year, a study showed that in the 50 years since interracial marriage became legal across the United States, the share of marriages that unite couples of differing races or ethnicities has risen dramatically. Once forbidden, marital unions combining races and ethnicities now comprise 17 percent of all  marriages. While interracial marriages are no longer uncommon in Nashville and many other cities and towns across the country, they are not accepted everywhere.

Gucci facing $10 million sexual harassment lawsuit

Workers in Tennessee and around the country are protected from workplace discrimination based on their race, religion, gender or national origin by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. When evidence of unfair treatment is discovered by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, employees are sent a letter by the agency giving them the right to sue their employers.

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