Friday, September 3, 2010

WIRTW #142 (“It’s the bitches that’ll get yas” edition)


Earlier this month, the Second Circuit, in Pucino v. Verizon Communications, held that repeated use of the word “bitch” could create a hostile work environment. I decided Dan Schwartz’s (of the Connecticut Employment Law Blog) blog post was worthy of the following tweet:

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Misinterpreting my tweet, @CarlosDuranLive responded with the following:

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Yikes. I share this little back-and-forth for two reasons: 1) words can often be misunderstood or taken out of context, and 2) your duty as an employer is to take seriously and investigate every complaint by every employee about words, no matter how silly the interpretation of events might be.

Here’s the rest of what I read this week:

Discrimination

Wage & Hour

FMLA

Litigation

Trade Secrets / Non-Competes

Labor


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