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EEOC Chair Janet Dhillon posted a message last week urging employers and employees to be aware of instances of harassment, intimidation or discrimination and to take action to prevent or correct this behavior during the COVID-19 outbreak. “Our collective efforts to create respectful workplaces for all our nation’s workers, even during these trying times, will enable us to emerge from this crisis stronger and more united.”
The coronavirus does not discriminate. Unfortunately, fear and misinformation about the pandemic is leading to anti-Asian discrimination and racist bullying against people perceived to be Chinese. Similar behaviors are targeting other groups – such as people who have traveled, emergency responders, healthcare workers and people wearing facemasks in public.
Cyber security and data privacyis more important than ever during these uncertain times. Cyber criminals posing as officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization are taking advantage of the COVID-19 emergency. Both agencies posted alerts warning people of phishing emails designed to steal information or trick people into sending money or opening attachments that download malware.
As awareness of workplace harassment grows, organizations are rethinking their approach to reducing the risk of sexual harassment through more effective policies, procedures and training. Employers who are serious about protecting workers from harassment should look for training that reflects their industry and work environment, and complies with evolving anti-harassment laws. To date, employers in New York, New York City, California, Illinois, Connecticut, Maine and Delaware must provide sexual harassment prevention training to their workforce. New Jersey and other states are expected to follow.
Cyber harassment and cyberbullying is a disturbing trend in the digital age. In the workplace, it can be especially problematic. Targets of cyber harassment can suffer emotional distress, leading to loss of productivity, increased absences and turnover. And if left unchecked, digital misconduct can lead to claims of harassment, including sexual harassment.