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Nearly Two Years After The Start Of #MeToo, The Role Of HR In Protecting Employees And Employers

Workplace civil rights law prohibits discrimination against workers 40 and older. Yet worker advocates say recruiters sometimes exclude older workers by narrowing how and where they look for candidates.
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Who does human resources protect?

HR departments welcome new employees, give them workplace perks, and send them off to their next jobs – but how well do they protect those employees from harassment while they work?

HR departments welcome new employees, give them workplace perks, and send them off to their next jobs – but how well do they protect those employees from harassment while they work?

Atlantic contributing editor Caitlin Flanagan says not very well… but what should you expect from a department that, at its core, serves employers first? In her new piece “The Problem With HR,” Flanagan explains how HR departments have become very good at preventing sexual harassment lawsuits – but not the sexual harassment itself.

Have you ever reported a sexual harassment claim to HR? If so, did you feel the claim was treated seriously, or swept aside? If you are an HR professional, have you ever faced a moral dilemma between protecting the employee and protecting the employer? What direction did you receive from company higher-ups? Weigh in at 866-893-5722.

Guest:  

Caitlin Flanagan, contributing editor at The Atlantic; her most recent piece is titled “The Problem With HR

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