A "Hostile Working Environment" -- What It Is and What It Is Not | Sessions

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A "Hostile Working Environment" -- What It Is and What It Is Not
In-Person Monday 06/13/2022 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM   Add to calendar

Competencies: Interpersonal (Behavioral), People (Technical)
Workplace Application:
Attendees will learn how to distinguish between complaints of "hostile working environment" that require an investigation and those that do not. 

Employees frequently complain about a "hostile working environment." The term has specific legal meaning that is much more narrow than is typically thought. It does not ordinarily cover demanding or unpleasant bosses, rude or gossipy co-workers, or hot-tempered customers. To the contrary, it requires conduct that meets certain legal standards and is tied to a protected classification such as sex or race. HR professionals must know how to distinguish between complaints of a hostile working environment that potentially involve unlawful conduct and require a thorough investigation, and those that merely describe the ordinary stresses of the work day. This presentation will highlight the difference.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the legal meaning of the term "hostile working environment."
  • Learn how to distinguish between complaints of a hostile environment that require a full investigation and those that do not.
  • Learn how to address complaints that do not involve unlawful conduct or violations of company policy.

In-person session offerings are on a first-come, first-served basis.

James J. McDonald, Jr., J.D., SHRM-SCP Photo
Presenter:
James J. McDonald, Jr., J.D., SHRM-SCP, Partner,
Fisher & Phillips, LLP