Survey reveals doubts that businesses are doing enough to prevent discrimination and identity theft

Today's post comes from G.Neil's HR News Weekly:

According to a recent survey of 1,000 people for the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, approximately one out of every three Americans has concerns that businesses are:

•    Protecting employees from gender discrimination – 30%
•    Guarding employees from other forms of workplace discrimination – 32%
•    Shielding consumers from theft of personal information – 32%

Chubb executives offered an explanation for the survey results, as well as precautions for businesses operating in such a legally sensitive and tech-driven environment.

Pointing out that a record-high number of discrimination charges have been filed with the EEOC, Catherine Padalino, vice president and employment practices liability product manager for Chubb, advised, “ … employers should continually review and adhere to anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation policies and procedures, keep abreast of changes in employment laws and seek outside counsel when facing discrimination charges or considering employee layoffs.”

Regarding potential cyber breaches, Tracy Vispoli, senior vice president and Chubb’s worldwide cyber security liability manager, shared, “A company’s board of directors needs to understand the risk associated with the theft of employee and customer information. This is more than just an IT issue. Although companies can help mitigate the risk by following best practices, they also need to have contingency plans in place before a data breach occurs.”

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