Employers Using Social Media To Fire Employees Face Legal Challenges

icon320x320Facebook gaffes that can cause trouble in the workplace aren’t unique to drunken college students anymore. As more companies and their workers tap into the world of blogs, Twitter and Facebook, employers are tripping over legal potholes in social media.

Next week a National Labor Relations Board judge will consider whether a medical-transportation company illegally fired a worker after she criticized her boss on Facebook, in the federal agency’s first complaint linked to social media.

In another case, workers sued a restaurant company when they were dismissed after managers accessed a private Myspace page the employees set up to chat about work.

How To Deal With Office Bullying | Resume Companion

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Office Bullying-We’re All Just Big Kids

Office bullying is an extension of childhood bullying experienced by many of us. It may involve actual abusive behavior and/or language or may have manifest itself in milder forms such as excessive work delegation to the same party. The perpetrators of office bullying may be childhood bullies or childhood victims-turned-bullies with the leverage of having a title within the office. Whatever the case, no justification should be tolerated for their behavior.

California Governor Signs Bill To Help Protect Female Farmworkers from Sex Abuse

sb 1087A new Senate Bill was passed this week that focuses specifically on sexual harassment prevention in the farm worker community. Senator Bill Monning sponsored Senate Bill 1087, which will now require sexual harassment training for farm supervisors, employees and labor contractors. In addition, the bill will deny licenses to farm labor contractors that have been found to have committed sexual harassment within the past 3 years. According to Senator Monning, the need for the bill stems from frequent sexual harassment and sexual assault, including rape, which occurs within the farm worker population.

Jealousy leads to Sexual Harassment at Workplace

Workplace conflicts arise for numerous reasons, which can be hard to predict. In many cases, disruptions on the job are due to one-sided campaigns of intimidation, carried out against innocent victims. From amorous advances to discriminatory behavior, on the job harassment is a widespread issue facing employers of all sizes.

Workplace jealousy and envy are the root causes in some cases, prompting employees to act-out in inappropriate ways toward associates by which they feel threatened. Unfortunately, jealous employees exact their toll on other workers, leading to various forms of workplace harassment.

Sexual Harassment Is Not A Woman’s “Issue” Anymore According to EEOC

EEOC When many people think of sexual harassment in the workplace they immediately assume it is a woman being harassed by a man.  Recently it has come to light that many men are also being harassed in the workplace by other men.  While the vast majority of cases are women being harassed by men, it has become increasingly common for there to be cases filed with women harassing men, and men harassing men.

In this article from Howard Law PC , there is a detailed discussion of recent cases of male to male sexual harassment.  Here are some excerpts from the article:

“In a recent blog, our Souuthern California Labor and Employment Attorneys reported on the growing number of male sexual harassment charges filed with state and federal agencies across the country.  Our lawyers discussed the lawsuit involving six male employees at a Phoenix Cheesecake Factory who endured repeated and severe sexual assaults by a group of male kitchen workers.”

Who’s Bugging You? What You Need To Know About Workplace Electronic Eavesdropping

Man listening to two female co-workersSometimes it seems uncanny that people have knowledge of information only shared in a private conversation, or in an email or specific data recently presented in a closed meeting.  Confidentiality in the workplace is something we often take for granted.

It’s especially daunting when the private communication was with those you trust unconditionally.  You must then wonder whether your communication was bugged.

The Time for Employee Substance Abuse Training

Woman snorting cocaine lines on her desk at workWith all the current news about heroin addiction on the rise and over-the-counter drug abuse to the growing and serious addiction to opiates, an employer should really be concerned today that their workforce, now more than ever, is drug free! It’s an obligation not a choice.

From small New England townships to San Diego’s DEA agents, heroin is on the rise with younger users and the cost is minimal from $8.00 a dose and a typical user maybe at 10 doses a day, a dealer can be texted and a delivery will be on its way.

Workplace Harassment Prevention Training

14744171111_a6f60317dc_bThe workplace have improved significantly over the past few decades. With Equal Opportunity Employment, people of all backgrounds have the same ability to pursue their goals and dreams. While modern work environments are usually welcoming places, some environments may have a toxic atmosphere. The following guide explores how workplace harassment training can improve employee morale, reduce liability and improve productivity.

A workplace harassment prevention training program is a great way to make sure that employees are free to do their work without bullying from superiors or coworkers. By setting up a welcoming, positive environment, it’s possible to ensure that employees will enjoy their work environment.

Substance Abuse Awareness Training

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Our substance abuse training is designed for employees and supervisors. This is because an increasing number of businesses, regardless of industry, are being affected by employee substance abuse. The U.S. Department of Labor has estimated that workers with substance abuse problems account for 16 times more absenteeism than employees who do not abuse illicit drugs. Additionally, OSHA has found that around 65% of workplace accidents involve workers with substance abuse issues.

A Safer Workplace Through Education

Diversity Training In The Workplace

iStock_000014186302MediumDiversity training in the workplace is an important element in operating a successful business. The modern workforce is more diverse than ever and it isn’t enough to have diversity policies in place. It is essential to have workplace diversity training for all of your employees to back up those policies and ensure a cohesive, productive workplace where all employees feel safe, respected and valued. Diversity training is bringing employees together to help everyone understand the composition of the workforce at your organization and promote tolerance and positive employee relationships.

Good diversity training begins with diversity awareness. It is not always possible to tell what makes someone diverse by having a conversation with them. Training helps employees see how their words and actions may be detrimental to a diverse workforce population, even unintentionally. It helps to humanize coworkers to each other and put everyone on equal footing. Diversity training may include role playing, education about how and why people tend to stereotype others, even without meaning to, and information about what employees can do to promote diversity awareness.

Retaliation for Sexual Harassment Claims is Illegal

iStock_000029714046LargeSexual harassment is a very serious workplace issue and should be dealt with before major problems occur. It is essential to understand the underlying causes of sexual harassment claims and have a clear policy posted in all workplaces.

Denver Sheriff’s Captain believes she’s being retaliated against for filing a sexual harassment complaint against a coworker.