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Articles by Alan Rupe

Facebook Faux Pas

March 22, 2007
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Whose bright idea was it to use Facebook or MySpace to get information about job candidates? Certainly not any employer/defendant who has sat with me at counsel table in a case involving hiring discrimination.
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An Unfair Play Against Bias

June 24, 2005
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According to the author, employers who take part in unlawful employment practices should be held accountable. But it offends his sense of fair play when employers are tricked by actors into making bad decisions.
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Legal Gender Bending

April 29, 2005
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Can an employer treat female employees differently than male employees and still comply with federal "equal treatment" requirements?
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An Open Letter to Bill O’Reilly

December 3, 2004
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The highly publicized travails of Fox’s star offer some helpful lessons for companies that find their top talent at the receiving end of a sexual harassment lawsuit.
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Six Ways To Get Yourself Sued

October 29, 2004
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Return-to-work situations are the quicksand of the workplace. With no visible solid ground, a slight misstep can be fatal.
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Prepare For An Ugly Charge Discrimination

September 27, 2004
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An incident from seventh-grade shop class shows what happens when employers aren't ready for allegations of discrimination that so often accompany a termination.
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The Life Cycle of a Twofer

May 28, 2004
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It's all too easy for an internal investigation into harassment or discrimination to become an opportunity for retaliation. And voila--two legal claims instead of one.
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Plain and Simple Liars Lose

February 27, 2004
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Little white lies employers tell to soften the blow of firing someone can backfire in a costly way.
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Horrors From the Bad-Firing Files

October 30, 2003
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If terminations are messy, public and humiliating, they're fodder for hungry plaintiffs' lawyers.
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