You’ve met the predatory customer. He or she makes work life difficult for others because his money, power or simply his status as a customer enable him to do so. Do businesses have a responsibility to protect their customers from other customers that sexually harass them? What can an employer do if their business survival depends on contracts from a larger business when the individual who controls the purse strings for those… Read More

“How the hell could he have been so stupid?” the manager asked when he called. “What burns me is this spring he asked me if he could skip the annual anti-harassment training because he’d been through it five years in a row. So explain to me why I have credible complaints from three different women alleging this man on my senior team sexually harassed each of them?” The manager didn’t like it… Read More

Question: I’m the senior manager at our branch. After I stopped one of our exempt employees from what I considered a paid time off (PTO) scam in which she repeatedly worked an hour or two a day when on personal leave and claimed full day pay so she didn’t need to deduct the day from her PTO, she acted personally affronted. Then she announced she had a potentially terminal illness. Our employees… Read More

Q. With all the media frenzy about sexual harassment, I feel like every man in America has a target on his back. All a woman has to do is cry sexual harassment, and even if it didn’t happen or supposedly happened years ago, the guy is toast. So now I have to live in fear that I’m going to tick off some woman who’ll get back at me by claiming I harassed… Read More

Here’s a question from one of our readers on Dear coach, a year ago my husband received a great offer and we moved cities. I was able to keep my job as a remote worker. I worked remotely for a year and concluded I needed a job locally as remote work does not fit my personality. I had 2 offers and despite all the deep thoughts, I think I chose the… Read More

With this continuous flurry of sexual harassment news impacting Hollywood, Washington D.C. and other governments such as California, I can’t help but wonder, why now? The law of sexual harassment has been well established for at least the last twenty years! I am proud to say that my experience with many of our Alaskan companies and corporations demonstrate most address such issues promptly and professionally. Credit goes to EEO training and enforcement;… Read More

 Q: When I landed my job, I thought I’d found a company I’d stay with for years. I liked my supervisor and every one of my new coworkers, and if my work wasn’t always interesting, it seemed a small price to pay for the work-family I’d found. I’ve never had much of a real family as both my parents were alcoholics and I’ve never married. But I’ve screwed up. Last Friday my… Read More

My dilemma: I was recruited for a board position in an organization I have been passionate about for years by our longest serving and most respected members.  They nearly fawned over my accomplishments when they drummed up support for me. I resisted and didn’t think I’d done enough to warrant a board seat.  But they said I “made good choices” and that they “trusted my judgment.”  Additionally, they said our organization needed… Read More

Q: Like thousands of other women, I wrote my #MeToo. Although I disguised some of the facts to protect myself, it was clear to me and perhaps to others that it involved a senior manager in my company. After it published, I learned two former employees of my current employer had written similar stories about the same man. I can’t tell you how mad I am, not just at the man but… Read More

Question: I’ve known “John” since fifth grade. He had career success in his twenties, but it’s been downhill for him ever since. Recently, he got laid off, let me know he had almost no money and would do “anything.” A couple weeks later when my company needed someone to replace one of my entry-level employees who unexpectedly quit, I gave John’s name to our HR department. He got hired on my recommendation…. Read More