Legal Issues

Is telecommuting a reasonable accommodation?

November 27, 2014
Q. We have an employee who has requested to work from home part time as an accommodation for her disability. Are we required to grant this request? — D.D., Minnesota

Just one stupid comment by boss can trigger a lawsuit

November 26, 2014

When Caroline returned from adoption leave, her supervisor had reassigned some of her duties. The boss gave some of Caroline’s supervisory tasks to a male em­­­ployee because “he’s a man.”

Younger replacement doesn’t prove age discrimination

November 5, 2014
Have you ever worried that, after terminating an older worker, replacing him with a younger one might look like age discrimination? That concern is likely unfounded if you had a legitimate, business-related reason for the earlier termination.

When customers harass, you must take action

November 5, 2014
Costco is facing a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Com­­mis­­sion lawsuit for allegedly failing to protect one of its female employees from the unwelcome advances of one of its customers.

Joking about worker’s age can spark a not-so-funny lawsuit

October 31, 2014
When Arnold approached his 60th birthday, his supervisors began referring to him as “the old man” and kidding him about not hearing the phone ring …

Worker’s mom wants to attend performance meeting

October 30, 2014
Q. The mother of a minor employee (age 16) asked to sit in on her child’s performance review meeting. Must I allow her?

Can pizza replace pay during a ‘working’ lunch?

October 27, 2014
Q. When we get real busy, we require our nonexempt employees to work through their lunch break. We don’t pay them overtime for this work, we provide pizza and soda for them. Is this lawful?

Pregnant employee? Better know the law

October 24, 2014
When an employee tells you she’s pregnant, it may bring on mixed emotions for supervisors. While you’re happy for the employee, you’re anxious about the impact on scheduling, productivity—and whether she will quit after the birth.

What are the pros and cons of job offer letters?

October 22, 2014
Q. We typically send formal offer letters to job candidates for certain positions. Could such letters legally bind us?

Miscarriage complications are protected under the PDA

October 20, 2014
Managers need to be aware that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act covers more than a normal pregnancy and childbirth.