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From the legaladvice subreddit: So background, I have IBS and sometimes have to go the bathroom multiple times per work day. My supervisor doesn’t believe I am legitimately using the bathroom, so he said today at the end of the day today if I don’t send him a picture or otherwise prove that I used the bathroom, I will lose 15 minutes of paid time. What sort of recourse do I have? Let’s play…
Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba (China’s answer to Amazon), claims that he has cracked the formula to a happy and productive workforce. His answer? 669. “We want 669 in life. What is 669? Six times in six days; the emphasis is on nine,” he said at a company gathering, referring to sex, and using a play on words, as the word “nine” in Mandarin is a homophone for the word “long.” He wants his…
Thanks to, among other states, Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio (sorry about that last one), the debate over abortion is raging. Suppose you are staunchly anti-abortion, and you learn that one of your employees is considering, or has had, an abortion. Can you fire her? Thus far, three courts have looked at this issue, and all three courts have all reached the same conclusion. The latest, Ducharme v. Crescent City Déjà Vu, L.L.C. (E.D. La.
A recent op-ed in the USAToday argues that the federal government should outlaw noncompete agreements because they trap workers in abusive workplaces. Since women who complain about harassment face retaliation and even termination, often the only way to escape it is to find a new job. Yet for many women, continuing their careers with a new employer turns out to be impossible.  That is because of noncomplete clauses. After they have resigned or even been…
Laws protecting whistle-blowers from retaliation have a long and storied history in the annals of American law. Indeed, according to The Personal Toll of Whistleblowing, recently published in The New Yorker*, these laws date back 241 years to the American Revolution and the Second Continental Congress: The first documented whistle-blowing case in the United States took place in 1777, not long after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, when a group of naval…
Gaslighting — the manipulation of someone by psychological means to question their own sanity. It’s a term you’ve likely heard of. Reporter Monica Hesse recounts a private Twitter exchange between Talia Jane, a Brooklyn-based writer, and a male Seattle Times journalist, which Jane later shared on her public Twitter feed. testing the waters & feigning oopsie is pretty typical in sexual harassment. so is initiating conversation on the premise of professionalism. did he forget i got a…
Twelve years ago today I launched the Ohio Employer Law Blog. On May 9, 2007, I published, The Song Remains the Same — Has Burlington Northern Really Changed the Landscape of Retaliation Claims? Not my finest work, but everyone’s gotta start somewhere. In the dozen years since, I’ve published 3,135(!) posts, which you have read millions of times. It’s truly astounding to me, and I thank all of you who have read, clicked, shared, commented,…
If you haven’t yet watched this week’s episode of Game of Thrones, consider yourself warned. There are spoilers below. Turn back now if you don’t want to be spoiled. •••••••••••••••••••••• On Sunday night’s antepenultimate episode of Game of Thrones, some in Daenerys Targaryen’s inner sanctum, specifically Tyrion and Varys, began to wonder, quietly among themselves, whether she was the right person to sit on the Iron Throne. To set the stage, Dany first announced her…
If you haven’t yet watched this week’s episode of Game of Thrones, consider yourself warned. There are spoilers below. Turn back now if you don’t want to be spoiled. •••••••••••••••••••••• On Sunday night’s antepenultimate episode of Game of Thrones, some in Daenerys Targaryen’s inner sanctum, specifically Tyrion and Varys, began to wonder, quietly among themselves, whether she was the right person to sit on the Iron Throne. To set the stage, Dany first announced her…