Legal Issues

Lessons from the courts

May 25, 2015
A look at three recent court cases and how they impact managers.

Make it easy for employees to complain about harassment

May 12, 2015
Marilyn sued for sexual harassment, citing co-workers’ offensive comments and actions. But in court, the company noted that Marilyn knew about the company’s complaint hotline, but never used it …

Disabled employee wants to do more than we feel comfortable with–can we refuse?

May 7, 2015
Q: “Is it disability discrimination to keep an employee from performing job duties listed on the job description?” – Anonymous, California

Mocking ‘abnormal gait’ is disability harassment

May 6, 2015
A federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss a claim of disability harassment against an employer whose CEO is accused of referring to an employee who walks with an abnormal gait as a result of a stroke as a “cripple.”

Lessons from the Courts: April ’15

April 14, 2015
Three court cases, three valuable lessons for managers.

Lessons from the courts: Nooses, dinosaurs and repeat offenders

April 6, 2015
Here’s what managers need to take away from recent lawsuits in the news.

Your employee handbook: Helpful teacher … and scary betrayer

March 30, 2015
Somewhere out there, there’s someone very unhappy that he either didn’t get the job he sought from you, or left on terms he didn’t get to dictate. Realizing there’s so little downside to suing an employer, he’ll soon identify one place he can cynically mine for loopholes that he and his lawyer can use to slam you. That place is your employee handbook.

Employees must apply before suing for failure to promote

March 16, 2015
U.S. Postal Service employee Erick sued when he didn’t receive a promotion. But his supervisors said they had no idea he was interested …

When punishments differ, show precisely why

March 13, 2015
A woman of Haitian heritage was fired for sleeping on the job. She sued for discrimination, claiming two other snoozing workers weren’t fired …

Can a manager’s smirk justify a discrimination case?

March 12, 2015
An employee with a history of lengthy absences was called into a disciplinary meeting. During the meeting, she said she saw the manager smirk while looking at her records. She cited the facial expressions as the main proof of discrimination.