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“HR Horribles” — collect ’em all!

Posted in HR
Remember the Garbage Pail Kids from the ’80s? I have had an inspiration that will make my fortune! I’m going to create a set of collectible “HR Horribles”™ trading cards, representing the employees who make Human Resources professionals’ lives a living heck. Here is my first set: Randy Romeo. Romeo has never met a woman he didn’t like,… Continue Reading

The EEOC’s defeat in Detroit: Pants, skirts, gender identity, and religion

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination
UPDATE (10/17/16): As expected, the EEOC has appealed the District Court’s decision described below to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Last week, I reported that summary judgment was granted against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in its transgender discrimination lawsuit against R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, linked to the decision… Continue Reading

Hallelujah! 5 things about religion in the workplace that you may not have known

Posted in Discrimination, Harassment
Our friends at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have issued a Fact Sheet for young workers on religious discrimination in the workplace, which brought me back to the EEOC’s older Q&A and Best Practices on religious discrimination, harassment, and accommodation. The EEOC’s guidance is solid, reasonable, and consistent with most (if not all) of the… Continue Reading

School’s out! So what’s with this summer employment law quiz?

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination
No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks . . . except for one little quiz on employment law issues that come up during the summer. Don’t worry about your score – I’m told that Teacher already has her flip-flops packed and is on her way to Cancun. No. 1. You are the office… Continue Reading

Male minister who won’t wear makeup sues for religious bias

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination
Boy, the Detroit area seems to be in the front lines for the gender-identity wars. As I’ve previously reported here, here, here, and here, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has a high-profile gender-stereotyping lawsuit going on against an area funeral home chain based on its discharge of a transgender employee. The funeral home is represented by… Continue Reading

It’s the 2015 workplace holiday party quiz!

Posted in Discrimination, Harassment, Independent Contractor, Off-Duty Conduct, Sexual Torts, Wage-Hour, Workers' Compensation
Chanukah starts at sundown this Sunday, and Christmas is only three short weeks away. Can you throw a workplace holiday party that won’t result in a lawsuit? It has been ages since we’ve had a quiz. Let’s do it! For more on this topic, please listen to the webinar on holiday parties that I did yesterday… Continue Reading

Straight from the source: EEOC’s 10 hottest litigation trends

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Background Checks, Class actions, Discrimination, Harassment, Pregnancy, Retaliation, Settlements, Telecommuting
Last week I heard David Lopez, General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, speak about EEOC litigation developments at the annual North Carolina/South Carolina Labor and Employment Law conference. The EEOC has been litigating like a house afire, so I knew you would want to hear what he had to say. Mr. Lopez – who… Continue Reading

This week in employment law, with a lick and a promise

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Corporate Culture, Discrimination, Family and Medical Leave Act, Retaliation, Same-sex marriage, Social media, Telecommuting
It’s been a hectic week for me (I have a trial coming up), and so here are some links to employment law blog posts and workplace news items that I hope will entertain and edify. 5 Things Your Manager Doesn’t Want You to Know. By the great Evil HR Lady, Suzanne Lucas. (Just to whet your appetite,… Continue Reading

What does SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision mean for employers?

Posted in Same-sex marriage
Maybe not that much, depending on where you are and how “proactive” you’ve already been before now. Seriously, I don’t think Friday’s Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges will be that big a deal for most employers. The Supreme Court already decided in 2013 that the federal definition of “spouse” included same-sex spouses (assuming the marriage was… Continue Reading

EEOC v. Abercrombie’s lesson for employers – in 5 minutes or your money back

Posted in Discrimination
This is a first. I don’t think I’ve ever agreed with Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the same time. What’s the world coming to? In a nutshell, the Supreme Court decision in EEOC v. Abercrombie means this: if an employment decision is motivated by religion – even if the employer does not actually know the religious need of… Continue Reading

This ‘n’ that from the world of the workplace

Posted in Discrimination, eLaw, Equal Pay, Non-Competes, Social media, Violence
Religious accommodation, the Oscars, non-competes, social media, Brian Williams versus Bill O’Reilly, workplace violence, and inspirational employees — we have it all today! Here are some links about recent news and court cases involving the workplace, followed by some points for discussion if you’d like to comment. Supreme Court justices seem to side with hijab-wearer against Abercrombie.… Continue Reading

Employment law advice you should never follow

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Family and Medical Leave Act, Pregnancy, Retaliation, Safety, Violence
Employers, if you’re getting advice like this from your employment lawyer, do you know what time it is? Time to get a new employment lawyer. “Never give in on unemployment.” This is terrible advice on so many levels. First, an employee who doesn’t have even the relatively minimal income provided by unemployment is going to… Continue Reading

Planning your workplace holiday party? Read this first!

Posted in Discrimination, Harassment, Safety, Sexual Torts, Uncategorized, Violence, Wage-Hour
Yeah, yeah – I know it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet, but you are planning your holiday party now, and you want answers to your burning questions while you still have time to do something about it. And, as luck would have it, I presented a webinar on Wednesday with David Weisenfeld of XpertHR on “How… Continue Reading

A reader asks: “Is it me, or has job interviewing become really complicated?”

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Pregnancy
Last week, I wrote about the two situations in which an employer should ask an applicant about a disability or a religious belief or practice that might require reasonable accommodation. (As I emphasized last week, 99 percent of the time, you should stay away from these topics in job interviews.) My post prompted one reader… Continue Reading

An employer should never ask about disability or religion. Except when it should.

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination
Everybody knows that an employer should never, ever, ever ask an applicant about religion or disability until after a conditional offer of employment has been made. And maybe not even then. Right? Right? Well, mostly right. But, as a couple of EEOC lawsuits show, there may be times when you have to make an exception… Continue Reading

BREAKING: Supreme Court 5-4 finds in favor of Hobby Lobby and against SEIU

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Labor Relations
The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, found today that the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act, to the extent that it applies to closely-held corporations, violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. And in another 5-4 decision, the Court found that the First Amendment does not allow home healthcare workers to be compelled to… Continue Reading