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Is Profanity Professional? Swearing in the Workplace - Webinar

  • ID: 4327537
  • Webinar
  • 60 Minutes
  • Lorman Business Center, Inc.
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Explore the legal and professional risks associated with the controversial topic of swearing in the workplace.

Can you swear at work? Does your company have a swearing policy? Can you be fired or disciplined for using profanity? The issue of cursing at work is more complex than it first appears. Swearing may even result in a hostile work environment lawsuit or a claim of religious discrimination. However, certain instances of swearing are actually protected under the National Labor Relations Act. In this topic, you will discover how to craft a policy covering swearing in the workplace, how to manage the legal risks associated with profanity, and how cursing reflects on an employees professional character. Other covered topics will include how managers can lead by example and the challenges of developing and enforcing a cursing policy.

Learning Objectives
  • You will be able to describe how employees view profanity in the workplace.
  • You will be able to recognize the risks of allowing profanity in the workplace.
  • You will be able to identify steps that your organization should take to reduce the risks of liability from employees cursing at work.
  • You will be able to explain how to discipline or fire an employee that curses at work.
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Legal Risks
  • Legal Claims That May Arise From Workplace Swearing
  • A Hostile Work Environment Claim for Swearing
  • Religious Discrimination and Profanity
  • How the National Labor Relations Act Protects Swearing
  • Overview of the Factors That the National Labor Relations Board Considers to Determine Whether Swearing Is Protected Activity
  • Case Studies
Professional Risks of Swearing
  • How Does Swearing Reflect on You?
  • How Do Employees View Fellow Employees That Curse?
  • Are There Instances Where Swearing Is Ok?
  • Does Swearing Depend on the Workplace Policies?
  • How Is Tolerance of Swearing Viewed Legally?
Swearing at Work
  • What Should You Do?
  • Why Every Employer Should Have a Swearing Policy
  • Swearing Policies That You Should Implement
  • How to Train Your Staff on Your Profanity Policy
  • Discipline and Termination
  • What Should Your Discipline Policy Be?
  • Can You Terminate Employees for Cursing?
  • Consistent Discipline
  • Should There Be Any Exceptions?
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Rick Alaniz, Alaniz Schraeder Linker Farris Mayes LLP
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This webinar is designed for managers, supervisors, team leaders, employee relations managers and human resource managers.
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