Discrimination, Harassment, and Abusive Conduct

Hopkins & Carley attorneys assist clients in numerous ways with respect to issues regarding harassment in the workplace.

Hopkins & Carley attorneys assist clients in numerous ways with respect to issues regarding harassment in the workplace.  Some of the services we provide most often include:

  • Advice on responding to complaints- More than ever before, employers should proceed with caution when confronted with information suggesting potential harassment in the workplace.  We regularly assist clients in communicating with complainants, selecting appropriate investigators, determining the proper scope of the investigation, assessing the investigation findings, and determining appropriate corrective action. 
  • Training –  For years, we have provided substantive, interactive training to both managers and non-managers on the topic of harassment. For more information on our harassment training services, please contact attorney Dan Pyne, dpyne@hopkinscarley.com
  • Representation- When an employee elects to pursue a claim, we represent clients throughout the process, providing both the strongest defense possible under the circumstances, as well as honest and realistic advice about risks and potential strategies for resolution. 
  • Investigation- Although it is usually inappropriate for attorneys to conduct investigations on behalf of their own clients (because the attorneys owe duties of loyalty to their clients and are not impartial), attorneys are well-suited to serve as investigators, and we can conduct investigations on behalf of companies that have not retained us as their counsel.

 

 

 

California state law requires certain employers to provide formal training to their supervisors in the prevention and correction of sexual harassment. The law was recently amended to require training against a new “abusive conduct” standard unrelated to sex or sexual harassment. In order to help employers comply with the existing sexual harassment training requirement and the new abusive conduct training requirement, we provide on-site interactive training to both managers and non-managers focusing upon: 

  • Recognizing discrimination and harassment; 
  • Understanding the law and applicable policy with respect to discrimination and harassment; 
  • Understanding the new abusive conduct standard and what it means for supervisors and managers;
  • Practical techniques that can be used to assist in preventing discrimination and harassment; 
  • How to respond properly to complaints of discrimination and harassment.

For more information on our discrimination and sexual harassment training services, please contact attorney Dan Pyne, dpyne@hopkinscarley.com

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