Another case of Stupid HR

Just a reminder this is not the HR function. This is about human resources actions done without thought. This happens in a small business on occasion and especially if a husband and wife work in the business together. The situation A chiropractor hired a woman to be a massage therapist for his chiropractic practice. She …

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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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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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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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Ignoring the FLSA: Another case of Stupid HR

Companies often make mistakes in complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) not intentionally, but by mistake. As my friend Jon Hyman has stated in the past “Most employers don’t make mistakes of commission, but rather mistakes of omission.” This is a great quote, and in my experience is generally correct. Occasionally, however, you …

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Another case of stupid HR?

The EEOC has announced that they have filed a lawsuit against Dollar General for a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The specifics of the case, as stated by the EEOC, seem to point to a case of stupid HR. The specifics At the Maryville, Tennessee store a cashier suffered from insulin-dependent diabetes. At …

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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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More Stupid HR: Examples of Poor HR Decision-Making

  It has always been my contention that policies should act as guidelines for decision-making not as hard and fast rules that allow no variation. Yet too many managers and HR non-professionals (if you were professional you would understand this) follow the “letter-of-the-law” and end up making poor decisions. So here are two examples of …

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Asking for Facebook Passwords: Is This More Stupid HR?

There has now been enough activity on this that I decided to weigh-in on this topic. One of the early cases dealt with a Maryland corrections officer being asked for his password to Facebook during a background investigation as he sought reinstatement on a job. Needless to say he did not care for this demand …

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