Was Wells Fargo Banking on Abusive Practices? 17:30, September 12, 2016

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Date: September 2016

The abusive practices alleged in Wells Fargo’s historic agreement to pay $185 million in fines for opening millions of unauthorized consumer accounts exemplify a toxic company culture based on unreasonable incentive programs and sales quotas poorly monitored for ethical and legal compliance. To get a sense of the scope of the problem, consider a Harvard study which […]

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You’d think that it would be easy to fire an employee who was loud, who was often absent from her desk, who made and received cell phone calls at work, whose boyfriend often visited her there, and who insisted on text messaging supervisors about her absences instead of calling. And you’d probably be right. Unless […]

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An employer found out that it could be liable for retaliation because it acted negligently when it fired an employee solely on the basis of the accusations of a biased coworker who had been accused of sexual harassment. Andrea Vasquez was an emergency medical technician (EMT) on an ambulance crew for Empress Ambulance Service, Inc. […]

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In the latest chapter of the Title VII LGBT rights saga, a Michigan court has not only said that an employee’s transgender status does not confer protection from workplace discrimination, but that religion can be a defense to a sex discrimination lawsuit. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) considers sexual orientation a protected class and has litigated […]

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues in August 2016. Retaliation occurs when an employer punishes an employee for engaging in protected activity, such as complaints of sexual harassment. Employment lawyer and blogger Eric B. Meyer summarizes the key points of retaliation in the workplace in his […]

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Conflicts of interest can happen in almost every workplace. Employees and supervisors alike must balance their company’s best interest against their own. Though these situations can be common, they are serious ethical issues. What’s tricky about conflicts of interest is that it’s sometimes difficult to pinpoint what constitutes a conflict of interest and who can have […]

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