Harassment: What's Legal, What Isn't; What You Can and Cannot Do


Presented by: Gerard Panaro and Mary Beth Guard

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Sexual harassment may get most of the attention, but harassment based on any protected category -- age, race, disability, etc. -- is equally confusing, dangerous and illegal.

The fact of the matter is, the business world has greatly changed in the last few years and there are certain things that are not only unacceptable, but in some cases illegal.

This Webinar provides a heads-up on the "new rules of the workplace", based upon extensive research into federal statutes and court cases. It will educate your employees about how to avoid statements or behavior that could be construed as harassment -- on the basis of sex, age, race, disability, or other prohibited factors.

This webinar is intended to give you as clear and "bright line" guidance as possible as to:
  • what the legal definition of harassment is;
  • the forms of harassment; the legal criteria used to distinguish unlawful (or "actionable") harassment from what may be rude,
  • crude or lewd behavior, but isn't necessarily illegal;
  • what your policy on harassment should say (and maybe not say); and
  • what you should do when presented with a harassment complaint.
An employer can not only be liable for failing to recognize or correct harassment: it can be liable for not acting fast enough, and can even be sued when it does act! (By the alleged harasser -- for "negligent investigation," "wrongful discharge," or even other forms of discrimination.)

Employers make matters worse for themselves by failing to distinguish unlawful harassment from plain unpleasantness at work and by copying policies with definitions and examples of "harassment" that go well beyond even what the liberal laws and courts consider to be illegal.

About the Speakers: Mary Beth Guard currently serves as Executive Editor of BankersOnline.com and CEO of Glia Group, Inc., Mary Beth has had a long and distinguished career, graduating from law school in 1980. She has focused her work exclusively on the banking industry since 1984. Previously, Mary Beth served as EVP/General Counsel and COO for the Oklahoma Bankers Association, EVP of Specialized Services for Thomson Financial Publishing, and General Counsel for the Oklahoma State Banking Department. Mary Beth is on the advisory board for Bankers' Hotline and Compliance Action, as well as on the editorial board for ABA Bank Compliance magazine. She has presented training programs for virtually every major national financial industry association, as well as more than a dozen state bankers associations and a host of other organizations. In addition, Mary Beth has written more than a thousand banking-related articles and is a BOL Guru.

Gerard P. Panaro is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, admitted in D.C. and Maryland, and holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College. He is resident in the D.C. (Georgetown) office of Howe & Hutton, a Chicago law firm with another office in St. Louis, Missouri.

Mr. Panaro has focused on employment law for nearly the entire 25 years he has been an attorney. He is the author of a nationally recognized treatise on employment law, Employment Law Manual, a 1500-page volume that was first published in 1990. He is also a regular contributor of articles to numerous HR magazines and publications, and a speaker and trainer. He is a Bankersonline Guru.

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CD-ROM Includes:
  • Complete presentation (including slides and audio)
  • Written Materials
  • Follow-up Q & A
You have the right under this license agreement for this CD-ROM to use this presentation on a single-workstation. Use on a network is in violation of the copyright agreements. CD may be used by multiple users at a given institution but may not be placed on a network or in any other multi-user environment.

This program was recorded in its entirety in April 2006. The CD-ROM includes program slides, materials (if available) and follow-up Q & A document.

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 01 February, 2006.

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