Can My Employee Do That/Say That? Tips for preventing harassment claims in the workplace
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Portia Moore Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
What one employee thinks is nothing more than fun, joking, harmless behavior in the workplace, another employee may find offensive. Employers are at risk of lawsuits claiming harassment unless they take immediate action to address behavior that the reasonable person finds unwelcome and offensive.
This webinar will address the fundamentals of a harassment claim, what is and is not appropriate behavior in the workplace, and ways HR professionals should address concerns of harassment that are raised by employees. Participants can expect to learn:
- The legal requirements necessary to maintain a harassment claim;
- Which employees can legally bring a harassment claim against their employer;
- What is and is not appropriate behavior in the workplace;
- What HR professionals need to do to correctly address a harassment claim raised by an employee; and
- What judges and juries expect of employers once an employee raises a claim of harassment.
Portia Moore focuses on complex litigation, emphasizing defense against wrongful termination and race and sex discrimination claims. She regularly tries cases to a successful conclusion for her clients and has served as lead counsel in numerous employment discrimination cases including charges of sexual harassment and retaliation. Portia’s experience also includes the successful defense of major product liability claims. With an undergraduate degree in nursing, Portia has a special and unique knowledge of the health care arena.
As a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington, Portia presented criminal indictments to federal grand juries, conducted jury and bench trials and presented oral arguments before the 9th Circuit. She successfully litigated jury trial cases involving charges of money laundering, mail fraud, tax violations, continuing criminal enterprise (CCE), racketeering (RICO), and national security issues.