No employer likes to receive a harassment complaint. Yet, how the employer handles the complaint can cause even more of a nightmare. In the latest issue of Staffing Industry Review magazine, LVBH partner Jean Hyams discusses best practices for conducting a fair and thorough investigation.
Tanzina Vega from the public radio show “The Takeaway” interviewed LVBH partner Sharon Vinick about how employers can be held liable for harassment that occurs while employees are working remotely. In the segment Sharon discusses the risks of the virtual office and how businesses can respond to them.
Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP filed a complaint against a hardware store that continuously subjected its employee to racial slurs and engaged in pattern of discrimination against Hispanic customers. The employee regularly complained to management of the hostile environment but the management failed to take any action. The employee ultimately resigned because he feared for his safety. After LVBH attorneys Darci Burrell and Rebecca Kagin brought a lawsuit to vindicate the rights of the worker to be free from harassment based on ethnicity, the matter was resolved.