Workplace Diversity Starts with Top-Down Commitment, Finds Randstad Survey

A new survey, released by Randstad US, reveals that a majority of workers (78%) say a workplace where people are treated equally—regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, or religion—is important to them. The new survey uncovers the perceptions and experiences of women and men as they relate to gender equality, diversity, and inclusion in […]


Recruitment Marketing Strategy: Sell Opportunities to Jobseekers

Is your company having a difficult time attracting the right candidates? With the unemployment rate being so low, savvy recruiters must be creative and innovative. A recruiter’s primary goal is to quickly fill openings with people who possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and cultural fit for their organization’s needs. The days when you could post […]


Office Romances: Fallout from Breakup Can Cause Headaches Down the Road

The federal district court of Minnesota recently heard a case regarding sexual harassment after the breakup of a consensual sexual relationship between an employee and her supervisor. The supervisor allegedly was displeased with the breakup and was unsuccessful in restarting the relationship, and a tense work environment ensued. The court ultimately held that the allegations […]

age discrimination

Did Termination of Financial Administrator Violate the FEHA?

A semiconductor company hired a 33-year-old accounting manager not long before it terminated its 59-year-old financial administrator as part of a reduction in force (RIF). The administrator sued, claiming unlawful age discrimination. The trial court granted the company’s motion for summary judgment (dismissal without a trial). In an unpublished opinion, the court of appeal affirmed.


Katy Perry Kissed a Boy on American Idol and He Didn’t Like It: #MeToo Works Both Ways

In a move as tone-deaf as some of the singers vying to compete on American Idol, pop princess Katy Perry cajoled a kiss from 19-year-old contestant Benjamin Glaze without his permission. Perry, who serves as one of the three judges on the newly re-booted reality program, wields the power to move contestants on to the […]


Sweet Gift Offers Lessons on Employee Engagement and Company Branding

On the heels of conducting a motivational keynote speech for a client in Las Vegas, one of the key executives sent me the most unique post-event thank you gift.  The gift so resonated with me since it leveraged three of the most impactful drivers of both employee engagement and brand promotion and recognition.

Sexual Harassment

Supervisory Status Key in Assessing Liability in Sexual Harassment Cases

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—recently affirmed a lower court’s decision to dismiss an employee’s same-sex sexual harassment claim after determining that the supervisor lacked the ability to take tangible employment action against the employee.

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7th Circuit: Psych Exam Following Bizarre Behavior was Reasonable

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employer-required medical exams must be “job-related and consistent with business necessity.” That test can be difficult to apply when you’re dealing with mental or psychiatric examinations. A recent decision from the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin—helps clarify when you may require such […]