Harassment: 6 Ways Employers Can Provide Protection


By Bobbie Fox
Associate General Counsel
CopperPoint Insurance Companies

A new poll issued by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) echoed a story that has permeated news headlines and Hollywood for the past few weeks. It indicates that approximately 33 million U.S. women have been sexually harassed, and 14 million sexually abused, in work-related incidents. And nearly all of them report that their male harassers were never punished. Continue reading

Mean Girls at Work: The two-headed snake — and what to do about it

Bobbie J Fox photoBy Bobbie Fox
SCF attorney
In a previous blog posting, I reported that women are the workplace bully 40 percent of the time and their bullying is directed at other women 80 percent of the time.

To be aware of workplace bullying, you must first know what it is. One definition of workplace bullying* is an attempt to control a person by repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators that takes one or more of the following forms:

  • Verbal abuse
  • Offensive conduct/behaviors (including nonverbal) which are threatening, humiliating, or intimidating
  • Work interference – sabotage – which prevents work from getting done.” Continue reading