Tag: investigation

Does Giztoob Get it Right?

In a recent episode of “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Kimmy settles into a new job in management / human resources at a small tech startup company, Giztoob.  Her boss orders her to fire an employee because he’s always late.  Kimmy agrees that this particular employee “does a bad job” and needs to be fired, but […]

harassment

Morgan Stanley Wins Bet on Untimeliness to Scotch Sexual Harassment Claim

2017 saw an unprecedented number of people come forward with stories of hostile work environments dating back 20 years or more. The impact of those stories has undoubtedly left countless people (and possibly their employers) worrying that their improper conduct from years ago may be the next story to break.

What now? 5 steps to take if your probe doesn’t corroborate harassment allegations

The avalanche of complaints emboldened by the #metoo movement shows no sign of relenting, and many caught in its crosshairs have been unceremoniously fired or forced to resign based on allegations of harassment. Of course, when such allegations arise in the employment context, employers have a duty to investigate and to take action when there […]

Avoiding liability risks when you fire a sexual harasser

by Theodore Fong The risks to employers in sexual harassment cases can be big. Potential liability can arise from any decision. Employers may then find themselves having to make tough decisions on tight timelines. The key to ensuring an appropriate response is to be prepared. Preparation will permit an employer to take a proactive approach, […]

High Profile or Not, Sexual Harassment Claims Require Employer Action

Sexual harassment — the subject has exploded in recent weeks as people from all walks have spoken up about a menacing workplace problem. Even though antiharassment efforts are a priority in human resources circles, recent revelations about the actions of some high-profile executives are likely to cause employers to ask the question, “Are we doing […]

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New Mexico Onion Farm Pays Fines for Favoring Foreign Hires

Making good on promises from earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has begun cracking down on what it calls discrimination against U.S. workers who are being passed over in favor of temporary foreign workers. The DOJ recently announced a settlement with Carrillo Farm Labor, LLC, a New Mexico onion farm.

Whistleblower

Do Whistleblower Protections Apply if Only Internal Policies are Violated?

Free governments across history have encouraged people to come forward when they see the law being violated. The United States is no different. Most states, including New Hampshire, have a statute affording certain protections to people who report wrongdoing, with such individuals normally referred to as “whistleblowers.” The basic idea behind all of these statutes […]

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Are You at Risk of a Data Breach Lawsuit?

With data security concerns at an all-time high after the global “WannaCry” ransomware hack in May 2017, you may be wondering if you need to do more to protect your employees’ and customers’ personal information.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment: Was Employee Subjected to Unwelcome Workplace Harassment?

A recent case from the Tennessee Court of Appeals acts as a reminder of the importance of implementing and enforcing policies aimed at preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. The outcome of the case also shows that while you may not be able to prevent all inappropriate behavior by your supervisors, how you respond to […]