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There is no shortage of articles telling us great ways to improve workplace culture, the intangible cultural fabric that defines and propels an organization’s mission, talent, strategy, and profitability. Both the volume and thrust of the literature suggests the importance of creating a solid workplace culture. One element that is not emphasized enough is including […]

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More than 30 years after the Supreme Court recognized sexual harassment as a form of sex discrimination in violation of Title VII, workplace harassment is alive and well. Sexual harassment and harassment based on other protected characteristics remain an unfortunate and substantial part of the modern workplace, as evidenced by recent case law and the […]

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The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) states in a Fact Sheet on Ransomware and HIPAA that ransomware may result in a breach that must be disclosed under the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) Privacy Rule. Ransomware is malware (malicious software) that denies users access to their data, usually by encrypting […]

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Starbucks recently announced that they are relaxing dress code standards and allowing employees, or “partners,” to have a wider range of options regarding their appearance. Partners can now have whichever hair color they choose, provided the dye is permanent or semi-permanent for food safety reasons. The tops worn under their iconic green aprons are no […]

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Airbnb announced it is hiring Former US Attorney General Eric Holder in a robust campaign to stop bias and discrimination. By analyzing their efforts, companies can find real examples of what it takes to tackle discrimination and bias both in the workplace and in modern society. The Problem While the United States has come a […]

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Grzegorz Smuk worked as a maintenance mechanic at Specialty Food Group’s food processing and packaging plant in Chicago. He claimed that his supervisor, Tomasz Miekisz, began sexually harassing him shortly after he started working at the plant in May 2006, and continued to harass him until July 2012. Smuk claimed that Miekisz grabbed him, slapped […]

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A recent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau consent order, and a $10 million penalty, against a financial institution illustrate the dangers of unethical conduct, especially when exercised by third parties to conduct business. Like many banks, Santander Bank charged overdraft fees to customers who purchased items via ATM and debit card transactions without sufficient funds. In […]

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As a trusted LawRoom customer, we wanted to share with you some incredibly exciting news. Today we are announcing our merger with EverFi, the leading education technology company focused on critical skills digital learning for the Enterprise, Higher Education and K-12 markets. As a valued LawRoom customer, we are thrilled that this bringing together of […]

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A court in California awarded a man over $1.4 million in attorney fees and costs after it found that he was denied a job because he had previously used an invalid Social Security number (SSN). Victor Guerrero was born in Mexico and brought to the United States by his parents in 1990, when he was […]

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Most collection agencies zealously pursue delinquent debtors—that’s their job, so long as they go about it ethically and legally. But some push professional zeal too far, as a federal crackdown on abusive practices reveals. BAM Financial Litigation The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has entered a stipulated final order (basically, an out-of-court settlement) […]

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