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Hot Employment Topics For 2014- Part VII: Same-Sex Workplace Harassment-The Hazards of a "Boys Will Be Boys" Policy

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

Empowering the Bystander: Workplace Harassment and Bullying – Lessons from Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin

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

EEOC Sues Wal-Mart for Age and Disability Discrimination

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 in the Workplace: L&E Case Study [Video]

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

New Jersey Legislators Reintroduce Bill Seeking To Prohibit Workplace Bullying

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

Lessons from the National Football League in the Workplace

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

Fair Work Commission Dismisses Unfair Dismissal Claim Involving False Bullying Allegations

In handing down its recent decision in Hunter v The Commonwealth of Australia, represented by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water Population and Communities [2013] FWC 7917 (Hunter v Commonwealth), the Fair...more

Off the Playground, Out of the Locker Room, and into the Office: How to Combat Workplace Bullies

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

A Workplace Run Amok: Richie Incognito and the Miami Dolphins

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

Investigating Employee Complaints of Workplace Bullying

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

Harmonised Work Health And Safety Laws Pushing Boundaries Into White Collar Work

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. Safe...more

Responsibility of an Employer to Act Upon Threats From or By an Employee

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

What Can Be Done About A Workplace Bully?

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

How to Prevent Workplace Bullying: An Interview with Dennis A. Davis, Ph.D.

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

Labor Letter, June 2013: Why Would Employees Tease About Nooses In 2013?

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

Labor Letter, June 2013 - What The Bleep?

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

Labor Letter, May 2013: Workplace Bullying: Will You Know It When You See It?

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

Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013 Enters Parliament

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

Proposal for Fair Work Commission to Address Workplace Bullying

The Australian Federal Workplace Relations Minister, Bill Shorten, recently announced changes that will allow employees to seek assistance in respect of workplace bullying from the Fair Work Commission (FWC). The...more

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