Category: HR Strange But True

Catch up on the latest odd, offbeat, and humorous HR stories.

Pastafarian

Rastafarian, Pastafarian: No Matter What You Call It, It Could Be Religious Discrimination

Recently the southern grocery chain, Publix, came under fire for withdrawing a job offer after the worker refused to cut off his dreadlocks. The worker cited his Rastafarian religion as the reason why he refused to cut his hair. This isn’t the first—and most certainly won’t be the last—time employers are met with nontraditional forms […]

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elders

Do Millennial Managers Respect Their Elders?

Does the old adage, “respect your elders,” take on a new meaning when your elders become your direct reports? According to new survey results, a different “old adage” comes to mind: age is just a number.

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pagan ritual

Forced Pagan Ritual Ends in Discrimination Lawsuit for Virginia Employer

With a shortage of Catholic priests—and younger priests not looking at the task too favorably—there aren’t too many people left who will perform an exorcism. Whether you believe in demon possession or not, one thing is certain: The task is definitely not something for HR professionals! A recent lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court […]

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resume

The Most Outrageous Lies Caught on Résumés

Recently, HRSBT reported that almost half (46%) of workers have claimed they know of someone who has provided false information on a résumé. However, a new survey—released by CareerBuilder—shows that 75% of HR professionals have actually caught a lie on a job applicant’s résumé. The survey also shows that 12% of HR pros are more […]

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Job

This Job Stinks, but Our Employees Love It!

Kudos to all the garbagemen and -women, sewer workers, plumbers, and every other job that we, as a society, take for granted—while some people refuse to do these jobs, someone’s got to do it! But the bigger question to ask is, Are these workers even happy doing the jobs no one else will do?

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yoga

Watch Out Employers! ‘Cute’ Could Be Seen as a Protected Class

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) makes it illegal to discriminate against someone based on race, color, religion, national origin, or sex, but could being “cute” get added to this list? A recent decision from the New York appellate court has left […]

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Hurricane

Poor Judgment Call Leaves Bad Taste in Employees’ Mouths

The southern part of the United States has been through the ringer these past few weeks, with Hurricane Harvey attacking Houston, Texas, in late August and Hurricane Irma pummeling the Florida coastline in early September. Many residents in both areas were forced to evacuate their homes and businesses in order to stay safe. Now that […]

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picking talent

Pick Me! Pick Me! I Stand Out Above the Rest

As an HR professional, you probably encounter hundreds of résumés at any given time—and let’s face it, sometimes it’s a mundane chore to sift through the candidates trying to find the perfect fit. You’ve probably encountered résumés filled with typos and some that seem to stretch the truth a little too far, but once you’ve […]

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fraud

Forged Doctor’s Note Triggers FMLA Fraud Investigation

Recently, a Justice Department official offered this sage advice: “If you’re going to defraud the government with a doctor’s note, make sure to spell the name right.” This was exactly the case for one Colorado U.S. Postal worker, who decided to defraud the government for 2 years—claiming she was suffering from cancer.

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