Human Resources News & Insights

When free beer and the FLSA meet

Receiving free beer was reason enough for this former employee to file a wage-and-hour complaint. 

What 4 new cases can tell us about sexual harassment in 2013

Sexual harassment claims may be down overall, but these recent cases show it’s as expensive as ever to get caught on the wrong side of a harassment complaint. 

Who won this case: Does Facebook posting count as formal complaint?

An employee posts a message on her Facebook page claiming she’s never been paid the overtime her employer owes her. She’s fired because her post violates the company’s social media policy. The worker sues for retaliation, saying she was let go because she made a wage claim against the employer. Did she win?  Read the […] [MORE]

NLRB putting the squeeze on Internet use policies?

The National Labor Relations Board has stepped into the discussion about what your employees can and can’t say over the Internet.

What were they thinking? Boss charged with pulling down worker’s pants

We occasionally report workplace behavior that’s so odd that it sounds made up. Except it’s not. Today’s story: The company president who got sued for pulling down a worker’s pants.

Co-worker witnessed harassment and didn’t come forward — is company liable?

To be liable for sexual harassment, an employer needs to have “knowledge or notice” of the conduct. A recent court decision clarifies what that means.

Who won this case? She sues over switch to less-desirable schedule

In this real-life legal case, an employee who files a sexual-harassment complaint then gets ordered to work an unpopular, less-desirable schedule. The employee sues, claiming retaliation. Who won?

Judge rules HR must be part of complaint process

A federal court ruled against a company that seemingly had a solid process for employees who wanted to file complaints. The problem: HR wasn’t part of the process.

Employers can beat bias claims and still pay for retaliation

Can managers be found guilty of retaliating against an employee who’s filed a discrimination complaint that’s been proven untrue? You bet they can.