"harassment" Blog Tag


"Fat shaming" at work can cost more than money, a lot of money

April 22nd, 2019 by Robin Shea at Constagy


Fat-shaming at work (and everywhere, but we do pander to the SEO gods) is rude, offensive, clueless, inappropriate, (insert your own adjective(s)), and expensive.

Not always expensive, but never helpful.

Robin Shea provides some background, including some help with the behaviour requirements for a legal claim of "intentional infliction of emotional distress" (spoiler alert - did this particular case reach the burden of proof? - OK, not really a spoiler alert) and a bit of potent advice" "Employers should never ignore such behavior".

I forgot ignorant. So ignorant.

 

If Saint Valentine had a workplace romance policy what would it be

February 13th, 2019 by Emily Reber at Troutman Sanders


Workplace relationships don't work, at least for the workplace.

But they are going to happen anyway, so Emily Reber provides some policy options: prohibiting, discouraging and requiring disclosure (love contracts).

Workplace romance red (heart-shaped) flags

February 12th, 2019 by Emily Fullerton at Schwabe


Valentines day

Workplace romance - flirting, unwanted gifts, and scheduling someone just because they are single, unmarried or childless - can cause problems for managers, supervisors and employees. Emily Fullerton helps you keep Cupid, and lawsuits, at bay whether it is Valentine's Day or not.

Super Bowl LIII and getting fired from your G.O.A.T.

January 28th, 2019 by Katie Basch at Kastner Westman & Wilkins


Whether getting your goat means making someone angry or getting your G.O.A.T. means choosing Tom Brady as the Greatest of All Time, it can create issues in the workplace. So yes, your opinion and how you express it – belittling, harassing, verbally abusing, bullying – CAN get you fired.

Katie Basch provides some examples, a Cleveland Browns quiz, a couple recommendations, some good background material on bullying in the workplace, and several G.O.A.T. references.

How to Address an Unflattering Video of an Employee

January 25th, 2019 by Robin Shea at Constangy


If it hasn't happened yet, there is a good chance that one of your employees will show up in a posted video in a less than flattering light, and that light is going to reflect on your company.

Days past, you would have taken the video at face value and determined disciplinary actions, maybe even termination, based solely on the video.

Knee-jerk doesn't work any more. Maybe now it is KnoW-jerk, as in know the employee is no jerk. And video, especially just a snippet, doesn't always tell the whole story.

Robin Shea helps you address the situation with a PR statement you should keep close at hand.

Why You Should Care About Employment Law

January 16th, 2019 by Jenny Goltz at Cozen O'Connor


Common Pitfalls for Emerging Companies Founders of emerging companies are often first-time employers and find themselves having to wade through the dense patchwork of state and federal labor and employment laws. This can be a confusing undertaking that often requires legal counsel. However, there are a few very common employment law pitfalls that all emerging com...

Workplace Christmas Quiz (this is legit and will secondarily eat up some time before you get to go home)

December 24th, 2018 by Robin Shea at Constangy


Ralphie slide

One of our favorites, Robin Shea, invites you into her Christmas HR world with a Christmas-themed quiz featuring:

  • Santa
  • Bob Cratchit
  • circumnavigating the globe in one evening in a sleigh pulled by reindeer
  • Ralphie
  • Rudolph
  • Baby It's Cold Outside
  • The Grinch.

Thanks Robin!

And to all a good night!

Holiday party what-would-you-dos

December 18th, 2018 by Robin Shea at Constangy


Real life scenario 1: A very high-performing, squeaky clean employee drinks too much at the holiday party and tries to kiss a colleague.

Real life scenario 2: A colleague / mentee / impressionable underling asks if it is a career-limiting move not to attend a "dreaded company holiday party".

Discuss (if with yourself, we recommend pretending you are on the phone so people will accept your discussion with the ether).

Now grade yourself against the expert, Robin Shea.

MeToo, avoiding women, and the modified Mike Pence Rule

December 7th, 2018 by Robin Shea at Constangy


One way to for men to avoid a sexual harassment claim is to avoid women. Not coincidently, that is also a way to run right into a sex discrimination claim.

So is the so-called two-step "Mike Pence Rule" (the Vice President reportedly (1) doesn't have dinners alone with women, and (2) doesn't attend parties unless his wife comes with him) a way or no way?

Robin Shea tweaks the Mike Pence Rule while debunking some "avoid" myths.

Holiday stew – ingredients for a happy and non-litigious holiday

November 19th, 2018 by hrsimple


Holiday stew – we all have our own recipe, but the base is almost always the same: booze, mistletoe and a generous pinch of unapproved time off. And be sure you don't have enough time to prepare or clean up.

Join Gary Wheeler and Lori Mans for an hour as they provide the ingredients and know-how to help you salvage your holiday stew, including 1/2 half dry cup Secret Santa, 2 - 3 jiggers holiday party(s) - adjust accordingly, 1 medium ugly sweater, 14 oz box decorations (workplace or workspace, depending on your preference), enough year-end bonus calculation to make your eyes water

My holiday stew was oyster stew that my Mom made for Christmas Eve. Never did learn why.

Swearing at work – 7 rules

September 19th, 2018 by Robin Shea at Constangy


Consider this your Cuss Class and Robin Shea is your instructor as she rips off George Carlin with her "Seven Rules About Dirty Words At Work":

  1. Less is more
  2. If you must, use a "nice cuss"
  3. Lord's name in vain brings pain
  4. Never at someone
  5. If you gotta, be equal opportunity
  6. No cuss(tomer)ing
  7. Beware double meanings

NY: Draft model sexual harassment policy/training released

August 31st, 2018 by Frank Kerbein at The Business Council of New York State, Inc.


The Business Council of New York State, Inc. (BCNYS) is helping encourage employers to provide comments on the recently released drafts of both the model sexual harassment policy and model sexual harassment training.

Frank Kerbein, Director of the Center for Human Resources at BCNYS provides a quick review and key provisions in each. Frank will also be presenting a webinar, New York State's New Sexual Harassment Law: What You Need to Know, on September 13.

Round up stew: sick leave, harassment, non-compete, etc.

August 28th, 2018 by Shenna Harris at Squire Patton Boggs


Attention. Attention. The following jurisdictions had stuff change:

MA, MD, MN, NYC, TX, VT

That is not all. Stuff will continue to change. That's life.*

*That's what people say, flying high in April, shot down in May.

Should you give your employees a little Slack – or do they have enough already?

July 30th, 2018 by Caroline Pham and Collin Cook at Fisher Phillips


Slack is:

  1. the fastest growing business application in history
  2. two casual trouser
  3. enough rope for someone to shoot themselves in the foot
  4. all of the above

Correct. And for those unfamiliar with Slack the business application, it is a cloud-based “team collaboration tool.” In simple terms, it is Facebook Chat / Google Hangouts for the business world: an instant messaging application that allows users to send messages and share files through online conversations.

It is also one more technological "upgrade" that creates new opportunities for harassment, wage/hour issues and privacy concerns.

Caroline Pham and Collin Cook provide what to look for and best practices to help you avoid the foot shooting thing.