More than one employee says the alleged harasser needs to go, yet the company keeps him “This is beyond creepy!” hollered Samantha Rhoades. “It’s downright disgusting. It’s vulgar. And I’m sick of it.” “OK, OK, calm down, Sam,” said Jude Lawe, her manager. “I get it. In fact, it’s not the first time I’ve heard […]
‘He Only Said It Twice’: Is That Really Racial Harassment?
Boss questions the authenticity of racial harassment claim “Normally, I’m not one to look a man in the eye and tell him what I’m thinking,” said Mario Gonzalez. “But I don’t believe this is the place or time for confrontation, especially with my supervisor.” “OK, Mario,” said Division VP Denise Audi. “What’s going on?” Mario […]
Transgender Employee Says Harassment Response Was Slow: Can Company Win?
Boss makes harassment response a priority, but is that enough? “I can’t even believe this is happening to me,” said employee CeCe Daniels. “I thought people were more accepting of this – of me – these days.” “I am. And I hope you know I’m an ally,” said CeCe’s manager, Lisa Volpe. CeCe nodded, her […]
Retaliation? Her hours were cut after she reported harassment
HR manager Lynn Rondo was signing up for a spin class – part of her New Year’s resolution to get in shape – when company attorney Eric Bressler knocked on her door. “Sorry to jump right in without even asking how your holidays were,” Eric said. “But Jessica Gray is suing us for retaliation.” Negatively […]
The supervisor mistakes that can lead to a retaliation lawsuit
An employee says treatment is revenge for filing a complaint. Marty waved Sue into his office and motioned for her to sit down. Then he began: “I just wanted to let you know that we’re tightening up the budget a bit, and you won’t be getting any overtime work for a while.” “OK,” she said as […]
Co-worker kept staring at her; Must boss put a stop it?
HR manager Lynn Rondo was finishing her first cup of coffee when company attorney Eric Bressler knocked on her door. “Hi, Lynn,” he said. “Got a minute?” Lynn stood. “Sure. I was just going to get more coffee. Walk with me.” Lynn and Eric headed for the break room. “I wanted to talk to you […]
Is employer automatically liable for harassment?
HR manager Lynn Rondo was about to enjoy her first cup of coffee when employee Stephen Holder barged into her office. “I thought you should know I’m quitting, and I’m suing for what happened with Carl,” Stephen said.Lynn eyed at her cup. She hadn’t even had a sip. “Whoa, slow down,” Lynn said. “We took […]
Error in handling sex-harassment complaint lands supervisor in court
A difficult employee says the boss illegally fired her for complaining. After Sonya exited his office and slammed the door on her way out, Michael said to himself: “I can’t let this behavior continue.” He got up and walked to her work station, where she was staring at the emails on her computer screen.“Sonya, I […]
Where’d this boss go wrong when employee said she was harassed?
He says her behavior led to the dispute and the problem. Mason punched Anna’s number into the phone and began speaking as soon as she answered. “Anna, it’s Mason. Do you have a few minutes to talk? I’d like to offer you your job back.” “I’m not sure I want it back,” she replied. “I […]