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Workplace touching: When it's OK, and when it's harassment

Workplace touching: When it's OK, and when it's harassment

Finance
What we've learned from the Harvey Weinstein scandalA handshake. A pat on the back. A hug. A shoulder rub. When it comes to workplace contact, what's OK and what's not? A good rule of thumb, from lawyers and etiquette experts alike: if you're considering anything beyond a handshake, proceed with caution. "Most healthy workplaces that I know of, people aren't really touching each other," says San Francisco attorney Kelly Armstrong. "There might be an employee going through a difficult time, and maybe they come and share that with you and maybe at the end of that they might come and give you a quick hug -- maybe. But it's rare. Or it should be." Some touching could be intended as innocent, but could be received in a negative way. Even seemingly simple gestures like hugs or pats can be vie...
Kentucky man, transgender wife sue Amazon for workplace bias

Kentucky man, transgender wife sue Amazon for workplace bias

Technology
A Kentucky man and his transgender wife sued Amazon on Wednesday, alleging that they endured sustained discrimination and harassment during a year as co-workers at the mammoth online retailer's warehouse in northern Kentucky. A lawyer working with the couple said the case is notable in part because Amazon, one of the nation's largest corporations, has a record of strongly supporting gay and transgender rights. The lawsuit , filed in U.S. District Court in Covington, Kentucky, alleges that Dane Lane and Allegra Schawe-Lane were targeted with threats, slurs and sexual harassment by numerous colleagues at their shipping facility. Their complaints to superiors led to retaliation in some cases, rather than any effective steps to halt the abuse, the couple contends. At one point, according to t...