THAT STINKS! Greedy lawyers, toxic employees, heavy-handed government, and other bad things


Here are some "bad news" items from the employment law world:

Evil, money-grubbling lawyers (is that redundant?) who rip off their clients. Forbes has a disheartening article on "nine ways lawyers inflate their bills." Some of the alleged practices are astounding to even me, a lawyer: charging clients for use of conference rooms when the clients are meeting with the lawyers (!!!), charging for time spent reviewing bills (whaaaa?), having lawyers do photocopying and other routine tasks so they can bill the client $200+ an hour for it . Why any client would tolerate this is beyond me. There are plenty of good law firms out there who will bill honestly with no hidden charges. Don't put up with it!

The toxic employee. If an employee is enough of a jerk, she can intimidate not only her co-workers and subordinates, but also her bosses. If her bosses are afraid, they won't give her constructive criticism or any clue that she is out of line. Then she may be very unpleasantly surprised when they finally reach their limit and give her the axe without warning. The Evil HR Lady has a good post on a better way to handle the toxic employee, which includes overcoming management fear and giving The Evil One a chance to shape up before you ship her out.

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