When is romantic jealousy in the workplace actionable?

Romance in the workplace can be tricky business. Employers typically don't prohibit it, though, in recognition of the reality that many employees meet their significant others in the workplace. The traditional wisdom

When is romantic jealousy in the workplace actionable? 2017-03-14T14:43:51+00:00

Retaliation claims and “temporal proximity”

Courts often look to the passage of time between the protected activity (i.e., complaining about discrimination) and the adverse action (i.e., termination) in considering claims of retaliation. The generally accepted rule is that

Retaliation claims and “temporal proximity” 2017-03-14T14:43:51+00:00

The right way to deal with a scary employee

Say you have an employee who exhibits strange and intimidating behavior such as glaring at colleagues, standing inappropriately close to them, laughing in a wild cackling manner, clenching his fists,

The right way to deal with a scary employee 2017-03-14T14:43:52+00:00

Can people really change?

I get asked this question a lot when I do one-on-one sensitivity training sessions. These situations typically arise when a very valuable or very senior person (or both) engages in some kind of problematic behavior

Can people really change? 2017-03-14T14:43:52+00:00

Training 201: Blurred Lines

A lot of managers become managers because they are good at what they do. Not because they know how to manage others. This is one of the (many) reasons it's so important for employers to train their supervisory employees.

Training 201: Blurred Lines 2017-03-14T14:43:52+00:00

Should you have a domestic violence policy?

Domestic violence is making big news these days as a result of the recently released video of NFL running back Ray Rice punching his wife (then his fiancee) so hard in the face that she immediately fell to the ground, unconscious.

Should you have a domestic violence policy? 2017-03-14T14:43:52+00:00

Harassment training 201: Consider including “abusive conduct”

Some states have statutes making it mandatory for employers to conduct harassment training (e.g., California and Connecticut).  But even in states like Ohio where there is no particular statute mandating such training, employers should view it as mandatory.  The courts and agencies unanimously agree that employers must have a harassment prevention plan, and also that [...]

Harassment training 201: Consider including “abusive conduct” 2017-03-14T14:43:52+00:00

Another NBA owner’s race-based rant

Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson announced his intention to sell the team this past weekend based on a "racially insensitive" email he sent to members of the team's management over two years ago that addressed the issue of attracting more white fans.

Another NBA owner’s race-based rant 2017-03-14T14:43:52+00:00

Oakland Raiders settle cheerleaders’ wage and hour suit

The Raiderettes have something to cheer for. They sued the team earlier this year, claiming they were misclassified as independent contractors and therefore not paid minimum wage under the FLSA.

Oakland Raiders settle cheerleaders’ wage and hour suit 2017-03-14T14:43:53+00:00

Back to school means back to work

The end of August is always a difficult time to successfully keep all the necessary balls in the air - for me, anyway. Camp is over, it's time for the big family vaca,

Back to school means back to work 2017-03-14T14:43:53+00:00

Back to school means back to work

The end of August is always a difficult time to successfully keep all the necessary balls in the air - for me, anyway. Camp is over, it's time for the big family vaca

Back to school means back to work 2017-03-14T14:43:53+00:00