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Lindsay Fiore featured in “10 unacceptable office behaviors you used to get away with”

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Below is an excerpt:

1. Don’t use pet names
“‘Honey,’ ‘doll,’ ‘copy boy,’ ‘Psycho Steve,’ or ‘the hot blonde in marketing’ are all examples of terms or descriptions that can be offensive and demeaning — not to mention potential bases for a harassment or discrimination claim,” says Lindsay Fiore, partner at Quarles & Brady.

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8. Don’t overshare
“Employees should not use work email to forward jokes, memes, photos, etc., around the office,” says Lindsay Fiore, partner at Quarles & Brady. “The content of these emails are often problematic in one way or another, leaving colleagues feeling uncomfortable, embarrassed, or pressured to agree something offensive is ‘funny.’

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Here’s what employers should do to make sure their employees aren’t creating legal issues for the company:

Lindsay Fiore, partner at Quarles & Brady: “Training, training, and more training. Have I mentioned training? Employers should have clear written policies that set appropriate expectations for the workplace, including anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies and policies outlining employees’ options for reporting concerns. Going a step further and training staff on how those policies apply practically in the workplace is key. Effective training should explain the relevant policies, offer real-world examples of policy violations, discuss challenging situations and how to respond to those situations, and provide employees with an opportunity to ask questions.”

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