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‘Boys Will Be Boys' Isn't a Defense


Howard Mavity’s article “‘Boys Will Be Boys’ Isn’t a Defense” was featured in the September Issue of the CE Risk Management magazine.

Labor lawyers often hear, “that just won’t work in the real world” and are accused of being impractical, especially regarding civility and professionalism in the workplace. “People cuss, people tease, language has changed, snark is in. Do you want a frigid workplace? Lighten up.” The fact is, these things make employment law claims more likely.

In the article, Howard examines common factors that contribute to harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims in the workplace. Some of these factors include:

To adapt to these common changes in the work place, Howard advises employers to do the following:

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