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December 3, 2022

Why a surviving Chesapeake Walmart employee is Suing Walmart for $50 million

We are still learning the horrific details following the murder of six Chesapeake Walmart employees killed allegedly at the hands of a colleague. Chesapeake police have published a note found on the alleged killer’s phone whereby he states why he was led to the killing. Last week, a Walmart employee who survived the killings but […]

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November 26, 2022

Celebrating the holidays at work 2022 style

The holiday season is officially off to the races, and workplaces around the country will be making plans to celebrate. Here are six tips to make the season happy, bright, inclusive and not litigious. 1. Decorating – Employees and customers enjoy seeing decorated workplaces, with trees, lights, wrapped boxes and wreaths. While some might contend that […]

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November 19, 2022

Jury awards former FedEx employee $366 million in discrimination & retaliation suit

A federal jury in Texas has awarded former FedEx Corp. employee Jennifer Harris $1.24 million in compensatory and a whopping $365 million in punitive damages following a trial accusing Federal Express of discrimination and retaliation. Harris, a Black woman who worked for FedEx since 2007, started as an account executive and received multiple promotions and […]

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November 12, 2022

United Airlines settles religious discrimination case for Buddhist pilot

United Airlines agreed to pay a Buddhist pilot $305,000 to settle a religious discrimination case filed on his behalf by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The pilot was allegedly diagnosed with alcohol dependency and, as a result, lost the required medical certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). United Airlines participates in the Human […]

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November 5, 2022

Kroger settles religious discrimination dispute over ‘rainbow’ symbol

Kroger agreed to pay $180,000 to settle a case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) alleging discrimination and retaliation against two former employees who refused to wear a heart symbol they believed demonstrated support for the LGBTQ community. According to the case, both women believe in the literal interpretation of the Bible and […]

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October 29, 2022

Know Your Rights-Workplace Discrimination” poster gets a facelift from EEOC

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has updated its “Know Your Rights — Workplace Discrimination is Illegal” poster. Covered employers (generally those with 15 or more employees) must replace their current posters and prominently display the new one, which was updated last month, at their worksites. Employers can download the new poster for free at eeoc.gov. The […]

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October 22, 2022

Is long service leave the key to retention?

Employee retention is a key concern for many employers. Organizations continue to bemoan the high turnover rate of employees and the “Great Resignation” where dangling fruits of more money, added benefits and promises of work-life balance lure away trained employees to what seems to them like greener pastures. Turnover and lack of trained staff has […]

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October 15, 2022

Ten signs your boss is an unfixable bully

Toxic workplaces are created by toxic people. The most toxic person of all is a bully. It’s even worse when that person is a boss with power and authority over you or others. I’ve investigated workplace bullies for 30 years but it wasn’t until I witnessed a bully in action recently that I fully appreciated […]

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October 8, 2022

Halloween celebrations at work

As employees return to the workplace, Halloween celebrations at work are back on, and most employees surveyed are ready to party. It’s time to start planning so that your office Halloween party doesn’t create your next workplace investigation. Most important to remember and convey– the organization’s code of conduct, workplace violence, EEO and anti-harassment policies, […]

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October 1, 2022

Paying employees and planning for disasters

Ian has reminded us again that disasters happen. Employers need to be ready. So do employees and households. In disaster situations (whether hurricanes, snow storms or an unexpected pandemic), employers sometimes have to consider the legal pay implications when businesses are closed and employees cannot come to work. Empathic employers who are able will continue […]

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