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EEOC Lands Its Largest Settlement Ever

May 6, 2013
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I never thought I'd read about a case in which I could say to myself, “A $240 million jury verdict doesn't seem all that out of whack.” Then I read about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's recent $240 million jury verdict against Henry's Turkey Service. The agency alleged that the farm subjected its 32 mentally disabled workers to decades of abuse.
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There Is No Such Thing as a 'License to Harass'

April 18, 2013
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Employees need to understand that some participation in sex-based workplace hijinks does not create a license to harass in perpetuity. No one can tell where someone draws his or her personal line of inappropriateness, and trying to make that decision for someone else can only result in trouble (i.e., a lawsuit) down the road.
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Is Bullying the New Sexual Harassment?

April 17, 2013
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Office ogres exact not only an emotional cost but a monetary one. They can poison productivity, stifle creativity, and force good employees out the door.
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EEOC Accuses Security Firm of Sexual Harassment Against Male Workers

January 23, 2013
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A two male employees from a North Carolina-based security firm allegedly made offensive comments to their male subordinates, solicited nude pictures from them, asked male employees to undress in front of them and solicited male employees for sex.
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Ohio Supreme Court all but Eliminates the Intentional Tort Exception to Workers' Comp Claims

December 18, 2012
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How do you guard against these intentional tort cases? Train all of your employees about the importance of safety guards, and the dangers of toxic and hazardous substances. Inspect all equipment at the beginning and end of each shift to ensure that safety guards are in the proper place.
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If You Put Up With Bullies in Your Workplace, Stop (Before Someone Else Makes You)

November 19, 2012
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The reality is that if your company does not take this issue seriously, state legislators will and you won't like the results.
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IHOP Franchisee Settles EEOC Sex Discrimination Lawsuit for $1 Million

November 13, 2012
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After complaints were made about Lee Broadnax's behavior, IHOP failed to take reasonable measures to prevent and promptly correct sexual harassment allegations, according to court documents.
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Tougher Law in Hawaii Aims to Protect Harassed Workers

October 30, 2012
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Although many employers are complying with Act 206, some 'felt that it didn't need to be required,' notes employer group attorney.
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Health, Safety Lapses in Lab Tied to Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

October 24, 2012
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Investigators found “serious health and safety deficiencies” at the compound pharmaceutical lab tied to the fungal meningitis outbreak, according to a preliminary report released Oct. 22.
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Major Reform to Ohio's Discrimination Laws Introduced in State Senate

October 19, 2012
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This bill presents a tangible opportunity to fix a broken law. Ohio's current employment discrimination statute is so different from both its federal counterpart and the similar laws of other states that it places Ohio at a competitive disadvantage.
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