Employment Blog

The Washington Business Journal: Workplace advances (or lack thereof) in Greater D.C.
In the News, Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment

July 7, 2017 I reached out to Tom Spiggle, who heads up an eponymous Arlington law firm that specializes in employment rights. Here’s what he said, edited for space and clarity, about how companies can do a better job preventing...

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Proposed Harassment Guidance From the EEOC and Why It Matters
Discrimination, Sexual Harassment

Imagine your boss said one day, “I really like you, and I’d like to date you. If you agree to go out with me, I can promote you.” Let’s assume you are not interested at all in going out on...

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Is Having Sex With Your Boss Sexual Harassment?
Retaliation, Sexual Harassment

Deciding to have a sexual relationship with your boss is normally a bad idea. It can result in problems in the workplace, both with co-workers and with your supervisor, who may just be exploiting you. Things can go especially sour...

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What If My Employer Doesn’t Investigate My Sexual Harassment Complaint?
Sexual Harassment

If you’re the victim of harassment, when you do the right thing and report it, your employer should start a good faith investigation into your allegations. Strictly speaking, there’s no law mandating that an investigation be done, but courts have...

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Should My Employer Investigate My Sexual Harassment Complaint?
Sexual Harassment

If an employer receives a complaint of sexual harassment or has reason to suspect that harassment is occurring, that employer should investigate, in good faith, whether harassment is actually going on. Strictly speaking, no statute requires that sexual harassment in the...

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Can I Have a Case for Sexual Harassment If Something Happened Once?
Sexual Harassment

If you are the victim of sexual harassment, the law is not a mathematical formula. If it is serious enough, a single act of harassment could be considered illegal sexual harassment, though generally, the more often it happens, the stronger...

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The JD Journal: How to Handle Sexual Harassment at Law Firms
Advice, In the News, Sexual Harassment

November 23, 2016 What to do if you are being harassed? Tom Spiggle, founder of Spiggle Law Firm, told Forbes that there was a series of actions people can do if they’re being sexually harassed at work. 1. Talk to an...

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What To Do If You’ve Been Sexually Harassed In The Workplace
In the News, Sexual Harassment

November 8, 2016 In recent weeks and months, we’ve read disturbing headlines with all sorts of arguments from alleged sexual abusers sharing that the women claiming they were touched inappropriately or abused were either lying, too ugly to be harassed,...

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Can I Be Fired for Reporting Someone Else’s Sexual Harassment?
Retaliation, Sexual Harassment

If someone reports sexual harassment to you and you report it to management or human resources, you might be asking yourself, can I be fired?  You’ve done the right thing. Your actions entitle you to legal protection from retaliation, which...

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What Is Harassment?
Sexual Harassment

Harassment cases are judged on the facts of each situation. Unless one harasser is terrorizing an entire workforce, the actions and words of the alleged harasser are unique to each situation. Therefore, judges and juries need to decide whether the...

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