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Court decision could make workplace safer

shutterstock_285585374What do we care about a hostile work environment court ruling in Ohio? If you have been the victim of sexual harassment or a hostile work environment and told by someone that you can’t do anything because the company did not have notice prior notice, this ruling might open the door for change.

The ruling in Ault vs. Oberlin College stands for the proposition that an employee who was sexually grabbed from behind has the right to sue the company for creating a hostile work environment.

These types of cases were routinely dismissed in the past. Courts have long held that you must have more than one bad act in order to proceed with a claim.

How will this ruling affect employers and employees going forward?

  1. Employers must do a better job of training to explain inappropriate sexual advances in the work place.
  2. An employee with just one incident may have the right to make a claim against their employer.
  3. A hostile work environment may result from one incident instead of multiple incidents of harassment.
  4. Employers should not discount or sweep allegations of inappropriate conduct under the rug.
  5. Employers will need to have a policy in place to define the necessity for investigations when allegations of a hostile work environment arise.

Reflecting on nearly three years of HCN

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Nearly three years ago, two pretty ordinary guys sat down at breakfast and decided to try an experiment. Their belief was that one of the main missing pieces to helping the community was a lack of communication among us. Today, I would consider the experiment a success. What do you think?

1. Henderson County Now has 21,238 Facebook users. The reach is 40,000 to 60,000 weekly. Without question, we are the number one online new source in the county. Thank you to HCN users for encouraging us to push the boundaries of a free online community news service.

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Our 100th podcast

We just finished recording our 100th HCN Radio podcast. With almost 20,000 listens thus far the responsibility is much greater than I ever thought. Here are my Top 5 thoughts.

1. I didn’t even know what a podcast was when Edward McCain suggested in January 2014 that we take a shot at doing one. Thank you to a friend who realized that podcasts were the wave of the future and that we could help our community by being involved. The timing was perfect.

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