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As a follow-up to last week’s podcast about a proposed law to ban private companies from delivering diversity or discrimination-prevention training that inflicts any “guilt,” “anguish,” or “discomfort” due to historic wrongs, this episode explores the implications for employers.
Littler Principal Cindy-Ann Thomas and her guests, Lori A. Brown, Littler Shareholder and Andrea Cisco, Chief Operating Officer of the Future Work Institute:
- Discuss the socio-cultural factors in the national clamor for “guilt-free” learning zones
- Consider the benefits of “discomfort” for effective learning initiatives
- Explore the potential challenges that such mandates pose for companies seeking to preserve their Faragher-Ellerth defense to hostile work environment claims
- Identify the steps that employers should take to safeguard their current anti-discrimination training programs from mounting “discomfort” claims
- Share additional strategies that business leaders can take to resist an increasing call for such orders