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08/10/12


Darla McClure publishes MC SHRM Legislative Affairs Update for August 2012

By: Darla J. McClure

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Montgomery County Society for Human Resource Management (MCSHRM) Chapter Newsletter

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Workplace Harassment

The Supreme Court reconvenes in October and one case to follow is Vance v. Ball State University. The question before the Supreme Court in this case is whether the supervisor liability rule in workplace harassment cases established by Faragher v. City of Boca Raton and Burlington Industries v. Ellerth in 1998, applies to those employees who oversee and direct other employees or is limited to those employees who actually have the power to hire, fire, demote, promote, transfer or discipline other employees. Right now the Circuits are split which could be a problem for employers who have employees in other jurisdictions. The Fourth Circuit, which includes Maryland, extends supervisor liability in workplace harassment cases to those employees who oversee and direct other employees. This case once again highlights how important it is to train your supervisors and managers at every level so that they understand and know how to spot, report and handle workplace harassment cases.

This issue of the MC SHRM Newsletter is available online.

This article is reprinted with permission from MC SHRM.


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