Domestic Violence: Your Obligations To Maintain A Harassment- And Discrimination-Free Workplace
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Domestic violence is a serious issue in which one uses coercive behavior, including physical, sexual, emotional, economic, and verbal abuse and stalking, to gain control and power over another.
Domestic violence can have a significant impact on a victim's physical and mental health, and can also affect other aspects of the victim's life, including work. According to Employers Against Domestic Violence, 71 percent of EAP providers dealt with employees being stalked at work by a current or former partner, and 83 percent helped an employee obtain a restraining order.
In addition, nearly 75 percent of battered women were harassed by their partners while at work, which resulted in five or more tardy arrivals per month, 28 percent to leave early five or more times per month, and 54 percent to miss at least three full day of work per month. Victims of domestic violence may also develop depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance addictions, or other mental health issues, which may be covered under the ADA.
It's important for you to understand your role in handling domestic violence-related issues in the workplace so you can help avoid discrimination claims while keeping your employees safe.
We will discuss the following during this webinar:
- What the EEOC's recently issued guidance says about how you should handle domestic violence-related issues in your workplace
- How to avoid liability for how you treat employees and job applicants victimized or thought to be victimized by domestic violence
- The practical application of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to victims of domestic violence, including the types of discrimination claims you could be subjected to if you don't correctly address domestic violence-related issues in your workplace
- Examples of negative employer behavior that could spark legal risks to your organization
- Steps employers can take to minimize workplace harassment against domestic violence victims
- When the need to provide a reasonable accommodation under the ADA to a victim of domestic violence may arise
- Your duty to keep medical evidence of traumas and treatments confidential
- Steps you may legally take if the batterer - not the victim - is your employee
- Practical steps employers can take to maintain a safe working environment for their employees
In just 90 minutes, learn the best practices for handling domestic violence situations in the workplace. Register now for this informative event risk free.
About your Speaker:
Attorney Charles W. Pautsch is a partner in Arnstein &Lehr LLP's Milwaukee, Wisconsin, office. He is chair of the firm's Labor &Employment Practice Group. Prior to joining Arnstein &Lehr, Mr. Pautsch was managing partner of the Milwaukee office of Jackson Lewis LLP. He has concentrated his practice in labor and employment law for more than 33 years. Attorney Pautsch has litigated cases in federal and state courts and various federal and state administrative agencies such as NLRB, OSHA, the DOL, the Human Rights Commission and Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development. He has also been lead counsel in more than 150 cases in federal courts alone, representing business clients in 20 districts in thirteen states. In addition, Mr. Patusch has successfully handled Rule 23 class actions under Title VII, the ERISA and the ADA and collective class actions under the FLSA and the ADEA. Attorney Pautsch has received a number of awards and honors, including being distinguished as a "Leading Illinois Attorney" through Peer Selection, as well as being named in "The International Who's Who of Management Labour &Employment Lawyers 2009."
Attorney Jesse R. Dill is a labor and employment attorney in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin office of Arnstein &Lehr LLP. He represents management in a variety of employment and labor law matters before state and federal courts. He recently co-authored an article reminding employers to address domestic violence in the workplace for Inside Counsel. For many years, Attorney Dill has volunteered with Domestic Abuse Intervention Services of Madison, Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Attorney Dill can be followed on Twitter @jesse_dill.
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