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Party City has agreed with the EEOC to pay $155,000 to settle an ADA lawsuit the agency filed on behalf of a rejected job applicant on the autism spectrum and suffering from severe anxiety. According to the lawsuit, the individual had been receiving services from Easter Seals of New Hampshire to build up her self-confidence, including working and applying for a job. These services included a job coach. When the Party City interviewer…
Yesterday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear appeals in three cases, to decide whether Title VII’s prohibition against “sex discrimination” expressly includes prohibitions against LGBTQ discrimination. I cannot overstate enough the importance of these cases to the future of American civil rights. Currently, only 21 states have statutes that protect against both sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in employment in the public and private sector. For the other 28 states (Ohio included), how SCOTUS…
So meet, ROBERTa! Shopping in the women’s department for a swimsuit at the BR Target. For all of you people that say you don’t care what bathroom it’s using, you’re full of shit!! Let this try to walk in the women’s bathroom while my daughters are in there!! #hellwillfreezeoverfirst Suppose you own a company, and one of your employees posts this rant on her personal Facebook page. Further suppose that in addition to owning the…
You might have heard that a little show called Game of Thrones premiered it’s final season last Sunday. In its honor, Sesame Street prepared a wonderful parody in which Elmo tries to mend bridges between Tyrion and Cersei by teaching them the importance of respect. A lesson we should all to take to heart, especially at work. [embedded content]Here’s what I read this week: Discrimination HR & Employee Relations Technology Wage & Hour Labor OSHA…
The Wall Street Journal recently asked this simple question: What’s the Best Way to Fire Someone? I have some thoughts. Before you pull the trigger, ask yourself, “Is this employee going to perceive that the decision was fair.” Did the employee have notice of the issues that caused the termination? Had the employee recently complained or otherwise engaged in protected activity? To look at this issue another way, mock-jury your decision. If the employee lawyers…
Michael Woods, a mortgage banker at Quicken Loans, was having a bad day at work. A customer Woods had helped four years ago had been trying to get in touch with a Client Specialist; the company routed the call to Woods because of their prior relationship. He aired his grievance to a co-worker, Austin Laff, while they were in the bathroom together. “The client should get in touch with a fucking Client Care Specialist and…
Cindy Tinsley was so stressed. How stressed was she? She was so stressed that even something as simple as her co-workers at Caterpillar Financial Services bouncing stress balls off the ground would trigger her post-traumatic stress disorder. Tinsley, who worked as a Business System Analyst for Caterpillar Financial, believed that the stress of her job was causing her to suffer adverse health issues. She emailed her supervisor, Paul Kaikaris, asking to be removed from a…
Jonathan Baum worked as a scheduler for Metro Restoration Services. In late 2014, he began have cardiac problems. Over the course of the next several months, he went to the ER fearing a heart attack, had a heart catheter implanted, had an echocardiogram, and wore a heart monitor. He occasionally also missed work for medical tests and treatments, and sometimes worked remotely. His boss, and the owner of Metro, Patrick Cahill, was aware of all…
Yesterday, the EEOC released its charge statistics for 2018. There are three big things you need to know. Charges are way down. In 2018, the EEOC processed 76,418 charges, a 9.3% decrease from 2017, a 16.5% decrease from 2016, and a 23.5% decrease from the commission’s high-water mark in 2010. Typically, charge filings track the strength (or weakness) of our economy. Unemployment remains a record low numbers, which likely explains the low number of…