Tuesday, February 17, 2015

That is SO last week

Last week, love and sex were in the air and all over the Internet, in honor of Valentine’s Day.  With the release of a provocative movie, employment lawyers (and HR pros) were busy contemplating the risks associated with love and sex in the workplace.  Suzanne Lucas and Daniel Schwartz pondered what would happen when “Fifty Shades” hit the water coolerRobin Shea covered a few outrageous sex harassment cases. We heard from a juror in the now infamous Marchuk v. Faruqi & Faruqi sex harassment case.

Discrimination
  • Entrepreneur covered how a culturally diverse workforce is good for business.
  • A former General Manager of a car dealership in Texas will receive $250,000 in settlement of his disability discrimination case brought by the EEOC.
  • A chain of pawnshops in New York will pay $300,000 to settle harassment and retaliation claims brought by the EEOC on behalf of Hispanic female employees.
Technology
  • Mark Buckingham discussed the idiosyncratic rater effect and how performance data might just be bad data.
  • Twitter sent a bunch of spam to employees to see if they’d fall for it.
  • The Inquisitor asked if social media posts would be covered by insurance.
  • CIO predicted seven workforce management trends, including wearables and big data analysis, that will affect IT and HR.
  • The New York Times covered the tale of Justine Sacco’s tweet that changed her life and career.
Litigation
  • Robin Shea covered how performance feedback plays out in employment litigation.
  • The last of the briefs was filed in the Texas versus EEOC background check case. 
Posted by: Kate Bischoff 
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