Response is Key to Hostile Work Environment & Sex Discrimination Claims

March 22, 2015

How you Respond is Key to Hostile Work Environment or Sexual Harassment Claim: Lessons Learned from EEOC v. Whirlpool. A recent string of cases reminded me of how easily employers can be exposed to employment discrimination claims. I thought there might be some benefit in reviewing some hard lessons learned by management in EEOC v….

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Is Your Employee Handbook a Contractual Albatross?

March 22, 2015

Not long ago, a retiring employee of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (MTA) sought 27 years of accrued but unused sick leave pay upon his departure. When his employer failed to pay what he thought was due under the terms of the Authority’s Employee Handbook he flattened them like road kill. Facts The plaintiff in LeMaitre…

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NLRB Strikes Again

March 18, 2015

Why would the NLRB protect employee belligerence? According to a NLRB ruling on May 28, 2014, an unhappy employee who complained to fellow coworkers about his pay, and then yelled at and called his employer obscene names during a corrective coaching meeting, was actually engaging in protected activity. The employee’s subsequent firing by the employer…