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Concurrent Session
Finger Pointing, Fear & Division: An Employment Lawyer’s Approach to Managing the Rise of Workplace Toxicity
In-Person and Virtual Wednesday 03/30/2022 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM   Add to calendar
Workplace Application:
Attendees will learn Misconceptions about “Free Speech” rights commonly means employees feel empowered to “speak their own truth” at work, which of course often leaves other employees offended … and HR professionals cleaning up the mess. 

Whatever happened to workplace courtesy, loyalty, discipline, efficiency and structure? How can a company build and sustain a productive and positive workplace culture with society and technology pushing employees toward self-absorbed behavior and lack of due regard for others? If the law offers so much protection to subversive employees who act in their own self-interests, what can an employer do to protect itself? How much antagonism and drama must a company tolerate? Title VII Anti-Harassment, National Labor Relations Act Protected Concerted Activity, Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblowing, and more … it seems like courts and agencies are protecting and enabling bad behavior. This session will give employers insight and guidance on best practices for developing lawful response strategies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Conflict Management & Progressive Discipline - learning how to protect your managers and employees from the practical and legal challenges posed by malcontent employees.
  • Best Practices in HR - learning how to recognize when an employee can be rehabilitated, or when he/she should be disciplined or terminated.
  • Legal Compliance - learning how to properly and prudently manage employees who have lodged complaints or filed charges of discrimination, without incurring further liability for retaliation.
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Gregory J. Hare, Employment Attorney,
Ogletree Deakins