When I ask direct supervisors who their employees go to for assistance about a health condition in the workplace, they’re quick to say, “Me! My employees know they can come to me with anything.” While it may be true that direct supervisors have a good relationship with their employees, it can often be challenging or […]
A jury awarded an employee with a speech impediment $500,000 because he was harassed by a supervisor who mimicked his stutter. The central issue on appeal was whether the supervisor’s conduct was sufficiently severe or pervasive to constitute disability harassment. When does a joking atmosphere become a hostile work environment?
Performance reviews, when done correctly, can fulfill a critical role in managing employees’ performance and boosting productivity to higher levels. But more often than not, performance evaluations are viewed as a necessary evil by the managers required to complete evaluations and approached with trepidation by the employees receiving them. The problem with approaching the performance […]
A federal court in Louisiana recently addressed the legal consequences of mixing work and pleasure in a case in which a company’s HR manager alleges she felt obligated to have sex with one of her superiors.
Many healthcare providers in North Carolina have instituted policies requiring their employees who have patient contact to receive the flu vaccine each year. Such policies will typically include a process by which an employee can object to receiving the vaccine based on religious beliefs or medical concerns, such as an allergy to the vaccine’s ingredients. […]
Verified accounts of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry and political arena have spiraled out of control. Unfortunately, most of the accusations do not involve one-time events that can be chalked up to mistakes in judgment. Instead, employers and others in control took a head-in-the-sand approach, hoping the harassing behavior would magically go away on […]
I do a lot of antiharassment training. In the past, much of my training has followed a relatively standard format explaining that employers can be liable for harassment by supervisors even if employees don’t complain and that supervisors can “aid and abet” a hostile work environment by turning a blind eye to problematic situations. I […]
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit—which covers Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—recently broadened the definition of “supervisor” for purposes of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), in an expression of the court’s opinion that went beyond the facts before it. The […]
It can be argued that assimilating today’s workforce into a cohesive whole has never been more difficult. Even in a relatively booming global economy, we see the fight for margins tighten— and the challenge of building and sustaining employee engagement as soldiers in the larger battle grows more daunting.
by Allison Gusmus Whether you are a salesperson or a CFO, you should be thinking about the people in your organization. You may think, “I’m in sales, why should I care about the people in my organization?” or “I’m the CFO, numbers are my thing, not people,” but you are dead wrong. It’s part of […]