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Highlights From EEOC’s 2019 Enforcement and Litigation Data
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Retaliation remained the most frequently filed charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), both in Hawaii and nationally, based on recently released statistics. The EEOC’s
Valentine’s Day and Workplace Relationships
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Valentine’s Day is coming up. Love is in the air . . . but is there a place for it in the workplace? United Airlines recently settled a “revenge porn” sexual harassment lawsuit arising out of a workplace
Coronavirus Concerns at Work
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Employers and employees are understandably concerned about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, which is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. It is important, however, to be wary
The Not-So-Fun Side of Holiday Parties – Limiting Alcohol and Paying for Attendance
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Over two-thirds of participating organizations (71.7%) reported that they will have an organization-wide holiday party this year according to HEC’s 2019 Holiday Practices Survey. Company holiday parties can boost
Eliminating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace - Safe Spaces & Workplaces Initiative Launched Today
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Earlier this year, Hawaii Employers Council spoke with Rachael Wong, founder and strategic advisor of One Shared Future, who shared her vision for Safe Spaces & Workplaces, a collaborative effort to eliminate workplace
Waikiki Bar to Pay Over $250K for Sexual Harassment
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Pacific Fun Enterprises LLC, dba Snappers Sports Bar and Grill and Snap-ette Beach and Liquor Store must pay $255,302.53 for sexual harassment of female employees. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Yes, Using the B-Word Could Create a Hostile Work Environment Based on Sex
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the repeated use of gender specific epithets (e.g. “b*tch”) against a female employee could constitute unlawful harassment because of sex. In Ochs v.
Mistake a Legitimate Reason for Adverse Employment Action
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
The U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii recently dismissed racial discrimination claims against the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services (“DHS”), holding that a supervisor’s mistake was a
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