Individual Personal Liability For Sexual Harassment 23:10, May 16, 2016

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Author: LawRoom Blog

Employees and managers who harass their co-workers can be personally liable for their wrongdoing. They may face civil claims (for assault, battery, emotional distress, etc.) and criminal counts (for assault, battery, lewd conduct, etc.). Some states (including California) have anti-discrimination laws that also allow individuals to be sued for sexual harassment, although the federal law […]

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Employees must be paid for all of their work. But what happens when employees work at home, or at night and on weekends, and don’t tell anyone? The answer is that the law requires employers to pay for any work they “suffer or permit” to occur. So, whether employers must pay depends on whether they […]

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A bank analyst who claims to talk to God can sue for disability bias since her boss told her to undergo counseling. Why would that matter, you may ask? Although Title VII prohibits religious discrimination, it does not protect the jobs of employees who claim to hear God if they scare their co-workers with divine […]

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A recent case in Texas helps highlight the boundaries of what qualifies for a FMLA leave, and what doesn’t. Do daily calls and home repairs for a hospitalized daughter qualify? Here’s your answer.

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Verizon found out the hard way that “No Fault” attendance policies need to make accommodations for disabled and special needs employees. The price? A $20 Million settlement in a lawsuit brought by the EEOC. This case should make us all stop for a minute and think about our own workplace rules.  How does your company […]

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Dress codes exist in many forms and seemingly often create as many problems as they solve. Take, for example, the case of the young woman who was allegedly fired from her job with Abercrombie & Fitch for refusing to remove her religious headscarf while working in a company store. Where do company policies and image […]

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It seems that workplace romances are becoming more and more common these days, bucking an old cardinal rule of never dating anyone at work. It makes sense that it would happen, given the 60+ hour weeks many people are putting in and the social nature of today’s more casual office environment. Even though it may […]

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There are many excellent reasons, both moral and in the name of good business practice, to make sure your company is in securities compliance and free of corporate fraud. For those that do not adhere to these practices there is now another reason to fear being caught by the Feds, your own employees. The SEC […]

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Dogs do so much to provide company, security and pleasure to many of us throughout the year it seems natural that, at least once a year,  we would should show them where we make our money to buy all that kibble. So, in honor of our four-legged friends, there is Take Your Dog to Work […]

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We’ve all done it before. A few co-workers, huddled in the quiet corner of the office, letting loose on bosses or some new company policy we just don’t like. It’s certainly a common occurrence in many environments (not a good thing mind you). Now, as new ways to express ourselves and share experiences have developed […]

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