Bogus Harassment Excuse #8: But It Didn’t Happen At Work

Employees offer an array of creative excuses when trying
to defend their actions in what is known as a hostile work
environment harassment case. 

Here is excuse #8 of the top 10 excuses:
“But it didn’t happen at work”

When inappropriate behavior does not occur in the
workplace or during the workday, you will often hear the
above excuse.

HR CONTRARIAN POINTER: Venue doesn’t matter.  What matters
is the relationship between the parties.

Most often these situations involve a supervisory person
contacting an employee after hours or interacting at a
company-sponsored event such as a picnic or holiday party.

As an employer, it’s important to keep in mind that events
that happen off-the-clock can have a dramatic impact on
office relationships and your bottom line when everyone is
back at work. 

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