Another case of Stupid HR actions

First let me make it clear that by saying “stupid HR” I am not pointing a finger at the HR department, most the time. Generally I am pointing out an action taken by a company that is an illegal action. In this example it is a “stupid HR” action taken by the president of a …

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Turn your hood around; you might be able to see your mistake.

I occasionally report on Stupid HR situations. The EEOC told the story of one such situation, in a recent press release titled Downhole Technology to Pay $120,000 To Settle EEOC Suit for Race-Based Harassment and Retaliation. The company reaction to an employee’s claim qualifies as “stupid HR” in my opinion. Not a joke If you …

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Another Case of Stupid HR

In Minneapolis the EEOC announced they reached a deal with a company accused of firing a veteran with a service related disability. The press release from the EEOC said “a Plymouth, Minn., Roto Rooter location denied an employee who returned from the Iraq War with service-related disabilities reasonable accommodations to enable him to return to …

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When stupid HR results in new laws

I think there is already too much employment related legislation, so I hate it when stupid HR practices prompt legislators to introduce legislation to counteract the stupid HR practice. But alas… No good reason A group of Democrat Senators have introduced the MOVE Act, short for the Mobility and Opportunity for Vulnerable Employees Act. This …

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Don’t make fun of the “cripple”, it will cost you!

There is an insurance company commercial that points out “that words can hurt you” despite an old saying. A company in Illinois found that out the hard way this is a true statement, in this particular case the word “cripple.” Their lesson cost them $15,000. The case The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought suit …

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Retaliation is not only illegal it is just stupid

Employers do a lot of things wrong. As an optimist I hope that most of these errors are errors of omission and not errors of commission, as my friend Jon Hyman has once said. As a realist I realize that there may be more intentional wrong-doing than I would like. One area that it is …

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Six Rules for terminations: Firing Fast does not mean firing Stupidly!

  I am a firm believer in the idea of the concept of hiring slow and fire fast as the best way to select employees and the best way to protect your company in an employment relationship gone awry. You can read more here, here, here and here. However firing someone fast does not mean …

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Can You Fire the “Temptress”?

  What happens when a husband and wife work at the same place and the husband (the boss) starts being tempted by another female worker? Well when the wife finds out she demands the temptress be fired. The question then becomes can you fire the temptress? Not really about “too good looking” This story of …

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Stupid HR: A Good HR Manager Would Have Prevented This

Companies will often hold contests to provide some incentive for employees to increase productivity or improve attendance. So it was no surprise when a business owner announced a contest for his employees. They had an opportunity to win $10 in conjunction with visits by “secret shoppers.” Great manager you think? Well think again. The contest …

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Stupid HR: "Sorry It's Not In the Policy Manual"

I shake my head every once in awhile and sigh in dismay at some the actions of some HR departments. I am sure many of you do so as well. Here is another example of stupid HR and why “sorry it is not in the policy manual” is not always the right answer. In a …

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