I've written before how employers must treat pregnant employees the same (no better and no worse) as other employees based on their ability or inability to work.Read More
The complaint seeks a court order prohibiting future discrimination by the respondent, monetary damages to the employee and civil penalties.Read More
I am not suggesting that you surveil every employee who takes leave from your workplace. Without a good faith belief supporting the surveillance, a court could conclude that your actions are unlawful.Read More
If you think you can rely on a legal technicality as a defense against retaliation, think again. The deck is stacked against you.
With changes in whistle-blower laws, companies must be even more diligent about protecting workers who speak out.Read More
The Hanford Concerns Council in Washington state was formed according to state mediation laws, and members include company representatives, advocacy group members and independent parties.
In most cases, employees know the right thing to do morally or ethically, but aren't sure how to discuss it. "The primary reason people don't speak up is fear of retaliation and fear of futility," says Mary Gentile, a research scholar at Babson College in Babson Park, Massachusetts.
Let's take a step back and focus on the fear that triggers retaliation—the fear the causes leaders at all levels, from direct supervisory personnel to senior managers, to take action against an employee who raises a concern. Read More