As a Resource Partner for Detroit SHRM, Susan West, SPHR is proud to be a contributing author to their blog. Ms. West recently wrote about the trends that small businesses and all management should be aware of. Our post is titled: Emerging Trends in the Workplace. Here is the introduction…
Once upon a time whenever an employer thought about harassment, it was about the traditional scenario of a male employee coming on to a female employee and suggesting the female’s job status depended on her response to his overtures. The more enlightened of employers adopted sexual harassment policies, some of them even trained employees in the policies, and all was well in the workplace ever after.
Or so the employers thought.
Of course, all was not well then and it certainly isn’t today. There are many more areas of harassment than sexual harassment, and these areas continue to grow as our workplace becomes more diverse and modern interpretations of harassment and discrimination become more expansive.
The protected categories upon which harassment and/or discrimination claims may be filed under Federal and Michigan anti-discrimination law are cumulatively religion, race, color, national origin, genetic information, age, sex, marital status, height, weight, arrest record, and disability. Both within and beyond these categories there are emerging trends about which every employer must be concerned.