HR News Beat – IHOP to pay $700k following Sexual Harassment Suit

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IHOP to create HR department, pay $700,000 after sexual harassment lawsuit

$700,000.  That’s how much IHOP has agreed to pay after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued the company for allegedly failing to prevent or correct sexual harassment and retaliation against employees.  In addition to the money payment, the pancake restaurant is going to create an HR department.  The EEOC says the department must be made up of professionals that know how to handle and prevent harassment, retaliation, and discrimination.

According to the EEOC, employees say the franchise created a hostile work environment by ignoring harassment complaints and/or retaliating against those employees who filed complaints.  In at least one instance, an employee was fired for a complaint.

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HR Startup gets Google Funding

Sapling says it has raised $4 million in financing for its new AI-enabled employee management and onboarding platform startup.  Leading the way for the company’s fundraising:  Google’s AI venture fund Gradient Ventures and Tuesday Capital.  According to The Innovation Enterprise, Sapling allows teams to “connect the HR tools they are already using and utilizes AI for automation and predictive insights, allowing managers to make data-driven people decisions.”


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Talent Board names new McGrath as new chair

Courtesy:  Talent Board

Talent Board has a new chairperson.  The non-profit organization announced this week founder and CEO Debbie McGrath will take up the gavel.  According to a press release from the organization, Talent Board is “focused on the elevation and promotion of a quality candidate experience with data benchmark research.”  McGrath was first named to the board in 2018.