Disabled worker insists, “You must create a job opening for me.” Patti picked up his phone and punched in Gerry’s number. Gerry answered, “Hi, Patti. I was hoping to hear from you about a job opening. What’s happening?” “I’ll cut to the chase, “ Patti replied. “It doesn’t look like we’ll have an opening for […]
Where this supervisor went wrong when dealing with a pregnant employee
Did the boss’s offhand comments do him in? Jeff slid a sheet of paper across the desk to Candace as he spoke: “As you know, we’re under a hiring freeze, so I’ve made a list of additional duties I want you to handle. Any questions?” She scanned the list, shook her head and said, “Jeff, […]
He says she just didn’t cut it; she claims gender bias: Court says?
“Kathy, I just got your test results back and I’m sorry to say, you did a bit worse than I had hoped you would,” Supervisor Brett McDonald said. “Exactly how worse is a bit worse?” Kathy asked, anxiously. “You came in below the 80% cutoff,” Brett said. “And as you are well aware, when the […]
Boss claims he wasn’t retaliating, just trying to pick the best person: What did the court say?
Paula burst into Tim’s office and said, “So, I see I didn’t get promoted again.” Tim put down the report he was reading and replied, “No, I thought Linda was the better person for the job.” “Even though I’ve been doing the job for three months?” she asked. “And even though you told me I […]
Age bias: Avoiding a lawsuit when someone can’t keep up anymore
A supervisor gets in bind for questioning an older worker’s performance. Betsy got right to the point when she and Tim sat down: “Because we lost a couple of big accounts, we need to let someone go in our department. I’ve decided it’s you.” “I can’t say I’m surprised,” he grumbled. “You mean because of […]
Routine change in job duties landed boss in court
“Hey Kelsy,” Jack Lawler called out. “If you still plan on applying for the new position, today’s your last chance.” “Oh yes, how could I forget,” Kelsy sighed, looking up from her desk. “I don’t have an application from you yet,” Jack said, “so I wasn’t sure.” “Why should I apply for a job I already […]
Was this single supervisor remark enough to prove retaliation?
“Pam, I gave you three warnings about your performance,” Supervisor Roger White said calmly into the phone. “And your falling sales numbers speak for themselves. “It’s never pleasant having to let someone go,” Roger added. “But I haveto in your case. It’s strictly business.” “It’s strictly business as usual, don’t you mean?” Pam shot back. […]
Boss says ‘bad attitude,’ worker says ‘ethnic bias’ – So which is it?
“You want to know what my problem is?” Malik said. “My problem is that you don’t like me very much.”Greg started to respond, but instead took a deep breath. Then he said evenly, “You’re saying that all those times I criticized your work or questioned your judgment, it was because I don’t like you?” “That’s […]
Racial bias? Worker fired after violating call-out rule just one time
HR manager Lynn Rondo was scrolling through resumes on LinkedIn when company attorney Eric Bressler walked into her office. “Got some bad news,” Eric said as he sat down. “Brianna Tarth is suing us. She’s claiming we fired her because of her race.” “That’s insane!” Lynn said. “We fired Brianna because she didn’t follow our […]
Addicted employee claims ADA rights violation
“OK, I’ll admit I lost my cool and called Bill a loser and a junky in front of the others,” supervisor Mitch Hayes told his HR manager Carol Lumpkins. “But you have to understand,” Mitch continued, “Bill was impossible to manage. He showed up whenever. He was late every day and never finished any job.” […]