Category: Sexual Harassment

Harassment in the Headlines… Your Questions Answered

ELI recently hosted a nationwide webcast to address the onslaught of harassment claims in the headlines. The interactive discussion allowed HR and training professionals to tackle essential questions about behavior, training, and corporate culture. Here’s a recap of the questions that were addressed along with the key insights provided by

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Food for Thought from Fox

Yesterday morning, I wrote a short blog concluding that Fox News would likely face long-term reputational damage if it allowed Bill O’Reilly to continue hosting The O’Reilly Factor. Before I could post it, Fox announced the end of O’Reilly’s twenty-year career with the network. As a broadcast superstar, Bill O’Reilly

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ELI CEO Featured on XpertHR podcast

This summer, a number of high-profile sexual harassment complaints brought the issue front and center, sparking critically important conversations about behavior in the workplace. On a recent episode of XpertHR’s podcast, ELI President and CEO, Stephen Paskoff, addressed sexual harassment and the need for organizations to consider an alternate approach

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Was a “Superstar Harasser” Out Foxed?

Less than two weeks after Gretchen Carlson filed her harassment suit against Roger Ailes, the powerful chairman of Fox News is reported to be leaving his employer with a healthy severance package. We may never know what happened. Yet, if Ailes leaves now, his name will be attached to the

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EEOC recommends new approach to harassment prevention

Last week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its recommendations for a new, more effective approach to preventing harassment in the workplace. In the 18 months prior, the Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace, worked closely with sociologists, industrial-organizational psychologists, investigators, trainers, lawyers,

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The Bonfire of Silicon Valley – Kleiner Perkins on Trial

Last month, a California jury ruled in favor of Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, a leading venture capital firm, rejecting Ellen Pao’s claims of sex-based discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. As I followed the case, I wondered how Kleiner’s principals would have evaluated a possible investment target whose senior leaders were

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An Open Letter to San Diego's Next Mayor

Dear New Mayor of San Diego: We expect you to understand that sexual and other forms of unlawful harassment are prohibited.  One might have believed that to be well-accepted, however San Diego’s Mayor Bob Filner’s responses to allegations of sexual harassment from ten women (so far) suggest that it may

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Sexual Assaults in the Military and Mission Effectiveness

You’re a soldier. You’re flying a plane, operating a piece of war machinery, mapping a battle plan, supporting your squad, or in the middle of combat. You’re on guard for the enemy. The night before you fought off a sexual assault.  Or maybe you tried but couldn’t.   You’re sore, shocked,

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Cain Controversy Historical Context Helps and Hurts Candidate

Revelations that Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain was accused of inappropriate workplace behavior more than a decade ago have already impacted his candidacy. But the topic does not lend itself to a three-minute cable-news segment; there’s a history here that bears considering. Presently, the media and the public are viewing

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Workplace Class Actions After Dukes v. Wal-Mart

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a single cure for every major problem? That hardly ever happens. Cancer is a mass of diseases attacked with medicine, surgery, radiation and other measures. Crime is fought at the local, state, federal and international level with an array of statutes and enforcement

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