Polsinelli Podcasts - Workplace Bullying: What Employers Need to Know
Bullying in the Workplace: L&E Case Study
An employee of a Brooklyn, New York clothing store was awarded $4.7 million by a federal jury after being repeatedly bullied by a co-worker and ultimately physically attacked. The award was for assault, emotional distress,...more
Your company’s personnel policies set expectations and standards for your employees, and can be used as a key defense tool in litigation. Accordingly, it is important to conduct regular audits of these policies to ensure they...more
Do you ever have one of those days where scrolling through the successes and triumphs of your Facebook friends just gets you down?
Turns out, Facebook knows you have those days. In fact, out of scientific curiosity,...more
We've all heard of schoolyard bullying, but employers need to be aware of possibility of workplace bullying and how it can impact the employer’s business. When an employee, or employee group, singles out another employee for...more
The workplace can be very tumultuous. Employees working in close quarters inevitably have disagreements, and some employees prove themselves to be disagreeable troublemakers. Workplace bullying is considered by some to be...more
Five months into the Fair Work Commission's new bullying jurisdiction, the demand for and scope of the new laws is slowly becoming clearer.
This article briefly summarises a number of recent cases and developments...more
HIGHLIGHTS: France: Finding a buyer before a shut down - the "Florange" law -
As reported in February's Be Global, the French Government has introduced legislation (known as the "Florange" law) imposing an obligation...more
This is the seventh and last of a seven-part series describing "Hot Employment Topics for 2014." Part VII focuses upon "Same-Sex Workplace Harassment."
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently...more
After reading the Ted Wells investigation report of the Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin matter, I had several reactions. Most focused on Incognito’s reprehensible and vile bullying of Martin, primarily aided by his two...more
Keller Store Manager Harassed and Then Fired Because of His Age; Also Denied a Reasonable Accommodation for His Diabetes, Federal Agency Charges -
DALLAS - Wal-Mart Stores of Texas, LLC discriminated against a store...more
Bullying has been a recent focal point in the media, especially in the context of school bullying. Although not as pervasive, bullying also extends to the workplace. This webinar will identify and define bullying, examine its...more
On December 16, 2013, the Senate introduced another bill (S3115), the “Healthy Workplace Act,” seeking to prevent workplace bullying, abuse, and harassment. The bill would prohibit any conduct in the workplace that a...more
Regardless of whether one is a Miami Dolphins or NFL fan, the recent investigation by the NFL regarding allegations of bullying involving Jonathan Martin may tell a precautionary tale for all employers. Briefly, Martin left...more
In handing down its recent decision in Hunter v The Commonwealth of Australia, represented by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water Population and Communities  FWC 7917 (Hunter v Commonwealth), the Fair...more
The Miami Dolphins recently have come under intense scrutiny amid allegations that coaches encouraged defensive guard Richie Icognito to bully teammate Jonathan Martin in an effort to “toughen” him up. The alleged bullying...more
For the past week, our national news has been filled with reports about the decision by Miami Dolphin football player Jonathan Martin to leave the team as a result of hazing and harassment to which he was subjected by...more
Workplace bullying is once again receiving significant media attention after a Miami Dolphins offensive lineman, Jonathan Martin, lodged allegations of bullying and harassment by fellow lineman Richie Incognito and other...more
Australia has an impressive track record in legislating and enforcing work health and safety laws as underscored by the recent harmonisation of work health and safety laws in most jurisdictions across Australia.
Connie N. Bertram, Co-Chair of the Government Contractor Compliance Group, was quoted in an article in the Washington Post discussing the Navy Yard shootings. Ms. Bertram reminded contractors of the obligation to notify the...more
With bullying in the news of late, I was recently asked how employers should deal with a star employee that bullies or berates co-workers....more
Workplace bullying has become a hot topic. Employers are paying increased attention to the issue since many states are considering legislation that would create remedies for employees victimized by bullying....more
It was surprising and disappointing to read about a punitive damages award against a North Carolina employer who allegedly tolerated employees referring to an African-American coworker as a “coon” and offering him a hangman’s...more
There was a time when cursing at work seemed to be the norm in many businesses. Whether in a shop, an office, a hospital or other work environment, swearing and cursing can still occur. One research study out of London...more
The media and political figures have paid increased attention to workplace bullying in recent months and years. A simple Google search can confirm this reality. Moreover, legislators in 21 states have introduced bills to...more
As discussed in our previous Legal Insight on 18 February 2013, the Commonwealth Government has followed through on its promise to move quickly in amending the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) with the Fair Work Amendment...more
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