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El 21 de marzo de 2019, el Tribunal de Apelaciones del Undécimo Circuito (que cubre a los empleadores en Florida, Georgia y Alabama) pronunció una decisión que nos ayuda a responder esta pregunta: ¿Cómo los empleados prueban que fueron víctimas de discriminación en su centro de trabajo? Fue el caso de Lewis contra City of Union City, Ga., No. 15-11362 (11º Cir. 21 marzo 2019).  Para aquellos de ustedes que tengan mucho tiempo en sus…
On March 21, 2019, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers employers in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama) issued a decision that helps us answer this question: How do employees prove they were victims of unlawful discrimination in the workplace? Lewis v. City of Union City, Ga., No. 15-11362 (11th Cir. Mar. 21, 2019).  For those of you with lots of time on your hands, you can click on the hyperlink and read the 100-page
Señores de Recursos Humanos: ¿han tenido alguna vez un empleado que les dice que la o lo está acosando alguien que trabaja con ellos, pero entonces les suplica que mantengan la queja confidencial? La mayoría de las veces, los empleados les piden a los empleadores que no investiguen las causas de su preocupación porque les da vergüenza o temen represalias.  Los empleadores que aceptan esas solicitudes de confidencialidad, sin embargo, lo hacen a su propia…
HR folks – Have you ever had an employee tell you that he or she is being unlawfully harassed by a co-worker, but then begged you to keep the complaint confidential? Most often, employees ask their employers not to investigate their concerns because of embarrassment or fear of retribution.  Employers who honor such employee confidentiality requests, however, do so at their own peril. When an employee claims unlawful harassment, three common employer reactions may occur.…
Halloween office parties can be very scary- HR folks need to be particularly wary. Provocative costumes are a big “no no”; Policy violators may receive the heave ho.   I guess my feeble attempt at poetry left some folks howling at the moon. Halloween is just two days away, which means we’re all one inappropriate costume away from Halloween becoming the ultimate HR nightmare. To avoid your workplace becoming a house of horrors this Halloween,…
En el 2016, la Comisión de Oportunidades Igualitarias de Empleo (la “EEOC” por “Equal Employment Opportunity Commission”) implementó la Fase I de su Sistema de Cargos Digitales para los empleadores que interactúan con la Comisión a través de su Portal para Responder (Respondent Portal), y para acceder y responder a una acusación o Cargo de Discriminación. Si se ha presentado un Cargo de Discriminación contra su compañía, la EEOC ahora envia por correo electrónico el…
In 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) implemented Phase I of its Digital Charge System for employers to interact with the EEOC thru a Respondent Portal, and to access and respond to a Charge of Discrimination. If a Charge of Discrimination has been filed against your company, the EEOC now e-mails the Notice of Charge of Discrimination to employers and provides a password to access the online portal. When you log in, you can…
Siempre me ha fascinado cuando esas personas tímidas que conozco de momento se convierten en exhibicionistas al ponerse disfraces de “Halloween”. Ya sea el de “sirvienta francesa sexy” que vende Victoria’s Secret o el de “Capitán Calzoncillos” (de la película de Dreamworks), los disfraces de adultos se han puesto mucho más atrevidos. Esos disfraces “pegan” perfectamente en una fiesta privada o en un club.  Pero cuando esas mismas personas deciden ponérselos para venir al trabajo,…
I have always been fascinated when the shy people that I know suddenly become exhibitionists when it comes to donning Halloween costumes. Whether it is a sexy French maid costume from Victoria’s Secret or Captain Underpants® (from the Dreamworks movie), adult costumes have become much edgier. Those costumes are perfectly fine at a private party or a club.  But when those same people decide to wear these costumes to work, you better have your employment…
Ransomware attacks are on the rise. Tuesday, a massive ransomware attack hit global businesses around the world. Last month, the worldwide cyberattack WannaCry affected more than 300,000 computers in over 150 countries. These are just the latest in a string of cybersecurity incidents that have threatened not only the confidentiality of company information, but the very ability of companies to conduct their day-to-day operations. At our recent 27th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar,…