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

Effectively defending a harassment complaint

The recent case of Simpson v. Big Lots Stores provides a great example of how an employer can successfully defend against a serious complaint of sexual harassment. Before sharing the facts, let's review the Faragher/Ellerth defense,

Effectively defending a harassment complaint 2017-03-14T14:43:53+00:00

Sixth Circuit case emphasizes importance of temporal proximity in retaliation cases

For an employee to prove she was retaliated against, she must show she engaged in protected activity (e.g., filing a claim of discrimination with the EEOC), she was subsequently subjected to an adverse employment action, and causation. The causation part of the test is where temporal proximity (i.e., how quickly did the adverse action happen following the protected activity) comes into play.

Sixth Circuit case emphasizes importance of temporal proximity in retaliation cases 2017-03-14T14:43:54+00:00