Who thought that this was a good idea?

Sometimes an action occurs that makes you wonder what the thinking was when a decision was made. Case in point A Colorado hospital forced 29 employees to resign for performance deficiencies. I can picture someone saying “You can resign or we will fire you.” Offering that option is not that unusual, but what made this …

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ISM Number Two: SexISM Replayed

I originally wrote this back in 2009. Based on the headlines not much has changed.  Sexism is the second part of my series on ISM’s in Human Resources in the United States. According to Wikipedia “Sexism, a term coined in the mid-20th century,[1] refers to the belief or attitude that one gender or sex is …

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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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Yes! Interactive means Interactive and not just once!

Under the ADAAA (Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act) there is a requirement that employers have interactive discussions with employees about their needs for accommodations in performing their jobs. My Miriam-Webster dictionary defines interactive as “mutually or reciprocally active” which implies a back and forth discussion. That is also what the EEOC defines as interactive. …

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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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From the Archive: Can You Fire the “Temptress”?

My post yesterday about discrimination and stupid HR reminded me of this case also involving potential discrimination and stupid HR, however, with a different outcome.  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 …

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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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70,000 reasons on why you don’t decide whether your pregnant worker can perform her duties

I am not sure at what point in history we decided that pregnant women are too delicate to continue to work. I am sure our nomad ancestors did not decide to stop their activities because a female was pregnant. In fact there is a study that shows that women living in settlements do worse during …

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US Court of Appeals affords discrimination protection to LGBT community

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals became the first US Federal court to rule that LGBT employees are afforded protection under Title VII from discrimination on the basis of “sex”. Although the Seventh Circuit only includes Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, according to an announcement by the law firm Fisher Phillips, it is anticipated that this …

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