A change of administration has not meant a slow-down at the EEOC

I pay attention to the press releases put out by the EEOC, in order to see what they are up to. I often use them as inspiration for blog posts. There seems to have been an uptick in lawsuits they are filing against companies. I am not sure of the reason. Perhaps it is because …

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Onionhead in the workplace: Crying a warning on workplace discrimination

I was not going to write about this at first, but when you see two prestigious law firms like Seyfarth Shaw and Constangy Brooks devoting “ink” you sit up and pay attention. Now you may be wondering what the heck is Onionhead. There are two answers to that question. The first Onionhead is a 1958 …

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From the Archive- Employee Birthdays: Recognition or No?

This post first appeared in 2011. It just goes to show that I am not above fishing for birthday wishes every 5 years. I want to wish a happy birthday to one of my favorite authors, with whom I share this day though not the year, David McCullough. He is one of those people I …

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Discrimination Guidance

ISIS and the ongoing state of affairs in the Middle East are almost daily headlines in the news. The US Presidential debates have also broached the subject of Syrian refugees. For many people these are emotional topics that could have negative repercussions in the workplace depending on your employee population. The EEOC reminds us that …

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What do you get when….?

What do you get when you cross an ordained minister with a desire to be a make-up artist? The answer is a lawsuit. This one you have to hear. Wants to apply make-up but not wear make-up According to the Detroit Press ordained minister Barry Jones also worked as a licensed esthetician. The article said …

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Forcing employees to worship violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act

I am going to make this brief. Forcing “religion” on employees violates their rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Even when the religion is made up. Where did this come from? Here are the particulars: A company named United Health Programs of America required employees (according to the EEOC) to “worship” an …

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Can You Require Flu Shots for Employees?

  It is that time of the year, the beginning of flu season. Of course it is also that time of the year that brings more people in contact with each other. Company parties, family gatherings, crowded stores and more travelers all lead to the opportunities for passing infection. In my business I meet a …

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Three Things that may lead to a Religious Discrimination charge

  With Good Friday and Easter close Christianity is in the news. Of course having a new Pope selected during the Lenten season has actually had it in the news in a prominent way. To me however, it raises the bigger question of religious discrimination.  If you have an employee who wants Good Friday off …

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Effort in harassment investigations is IMPORTANT

In a case decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals Chrysler lost a lot of money. The case was a pretty hairy one involving harassment of a racial, sexual and religious nature with and unknown harasser.  One of the factors the court used in making its decision was the perceived amount of effort by the …

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5 HR Blog Posts You Should Read

Here is some of the reading that I am doing that I thought you should read too, 5 HR blog posts you should read. First up is Jon Hyman at the Ohio Employers Law Blog. He writes about  The NLRB’s dangerous course: arbitration waivers and protected concerted activity. For those of you that have arbitration …

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