Friday, January 19, 2018

WIRTW #490 (the “hilarious world of depression” edition)


Mental illness, especially among our youth, is an issue about which we do not pay nearly enough attention (to wit: this week’s suicide of Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski).

Today, I recommend that everyone check out The Hilarious World of Depression podcast.
The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe. Join guests … to learn how they’ve dealt with depression and managed to laugh along the way. If you have not met the disease personally, it’s almost certain that someone you know has, whether it’s a friend, family member, colleague, or neighbor. Depression is a vicious cycle of solitude and stigma that leaves people miserable and sometimes dead. Frankly, we’re not going to put up with that anymore. The Hilarious World of Depression is not medical treatment and should not be seen as a substitute for therapy or medication. But it is a chance to gain some insight, have a few laughs, and realize that people with depression are not alone and that together, we can all feel a bit better.

As a launching point, I recommend the January 2 episode featuring Rhett Miller (who also wrote and performs the podcast’s theme song, about “the world’s greatest clown”). Rhett talks frankly about his own teenage suicide attempt and how music saved his life. It’s a supremely worthwhile listen from one of the world’s great songwriters, and an all around good guy.

Here’s what I read this week:

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Employee’s refusal to take drug test dooms discrimination claim


Can an employee, terminated for refusing to submit to a “reasonable suspicion” drug test, sue the employer for discrimination?

According to one recent federal district court opinion (and good ol’ common sense), the answer is no.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Employers win when they support the Sandwich Generation


I am declaring today New Year’s Day 2.0.

To put it bluntly, the first 16 days of 2018 sucked. I need a do over.

This has been my 2018 to date.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

How likely are you to sexually harass?


Are you tired of seeing your Facebook feed littered with the results of your friends’ quizzes, with titles such as, “Which Game of Thrones Character are You?” or “Which Disney Couple Defines You?”

Well, I have one more quiz for you to take, and this one may just pique your interest.

It’s the Likelihood to Sexually Harass quiz.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Today’s America would deeply disturb Dr. MLK


A date appropriate reminder that our nation works better when our leaders seek to unite rather than divide.


We should strive to take these words to heart.

Friday, January 12, 2018

WIRTW #489 (the “on tour” edition)


It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a family rock ‘n’ roll update, so here it goes.

If you’re in the Cleveland area, you have three chances to catch Fake ID this month.

The Sky Zone shows are free. Tickets for the Symposium show are $6.

To stay updated on all things Fake ID, you should follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Here’s what I read this week:

Thursday, January 11, 2018

An argument for a more reasonable bereavement leave policy


I’ve been thinking a lot lately about death.

These past few days have been the first time I’ve had to deal with it on a family level as an adult. And there’s a lot to think about.

And it’s not just the grieving, and the crying, and the mourning.

It’s also time.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The 2nd nominee for the “worst employer of 2018” is … the arresting school board


There are lots of correct ways to respond to employee complaints.

Handcuffing and arresting the employee is most definitely NOT one of them. 

Yet, this is exactly what the Vermilion, Louisiana, school board did when a teacher, Deyshia Hargrave, tried to raise concerns at a board meeting about a proposed raise for her boss, Superintendent Jerome Puyau.

Thus, I have nominated this employer as the Worst Employer of 2018.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018

A real stinker of an ADA lawsuit


Amber Bridges, the former Lead Staff in the City of Indianapolis Magistrate Court, claims that her efforts to ease employees’ complaints about a co-worker's body odor got her fired.

When employees and staff members began to complain about the co-worker’s “chronic body odor,” Bridges installed air fresheners throughout the office.

Months later, however, the malodorous employee complained to her boss that the air fresheners created a hostile work environment. As a result, the City fired Bridges.