Lego-Based Workplace Harassment Will NOT Be Tolerated.

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

You’ve heard of sex-based harassment, race-based harassment, and disability-based harassment.

But have you ever heard of Lego-based harassment?

Shawn Roy was terminated from his job because he was allegedly creating and posting on the internet violent and sexually-oriented videos using Legos that allegedly bore resemblance to his supervisors and co-workers. I viewed the one video of his that I was able to find on YouTube, and it seems like a boring and uninspired Lego re-creation of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Here’s the video:

Click here to view video.

On the other hand, the employer was a nursing home with presumably incapacitated patients, so I can see why a Kill Bill remake may have put Mr. Roy’s co-workers on edge.

In any event, the New York Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board ruled that Mr. Roy’s videos rendered him ineligible to receive unemployment compensation, and the state Appellate Division affirmed.

Employers should immediately update their policies and training to clearly and explicitly prohibit Lego-based harassment.*

No actual Legos were harmed in the creation of this blog post.

*I’m kidding! I’m kidding!

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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