When the unthinkable happens and people find themselves subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace, it's not uncommon for them to experience a host of emotions ranging from anxiety and disgust to anger and even frustration.
A Chicago-area Ford Motor plant made headlines earlier this month after it was hit with a lawsuit filed by four female employees alleging an "on-going pattern and practice of sexual harassment and discrimination ... spanning more than two decades."
At this time of the year, many Minnesota college graduates are busy making plans for their future. Specifically, some are contemplating whether to pursue a graduate degree, while many others are looking for employment to help launch their career and, of course, pay their bills.
It doesn’t appear that the shutdown of the federal government that began on Tuesday is likely to end quickly, that that could cause some headaches for workers. Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Labor has had to put more than 80 percent of its workforce on furlough, leaving only 2,954 Labor Department employees on the job nationwide. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is a division of the Labor Department, and its workforce has been cut even more deeply -- to 5 percent of its usual size. That means a total of 107 people are currently on staff at the EEOC.
If you asked a random person on the streets of St. Paul if they liked their job, chances are they'd say no. But sometimes, it's not for the reasons most people might think. Sometimes, it's because they are in a hostile work environment but get little relief from management who may not be doing anything to remedy the situation. While this is against federal employment laws, we see situations like this happening in states across the nation.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission just filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against an office furniture and supply company in Worthington after its operations manager allegedly set up the business’s security cameras to focus in on an employee’s breasts and body and streamed hours of that video to his office computer. This created a sexually-hostile work environment what the EEOC called a “particularly egregious” violation of her and all of its employees’ rights.
For physicians, achieving a board certification in their medical specialty often isn’t the result of additional training undertaken to bring prestige to their practices. In many areas, board certification is either required to practice at all, or in order to achieve affordable malpractice insurance. For dermatologists, apparently, certification is the final exam, so to speak, just as bar membership is for practicing attorneys. When dermatologists fail the certification exam -- or are later expelled by the board -- they must repeat their medical residencies, according to a recent federal lawsuit.
Without admitting any wrongdoing, Carrols Corporation, the world's largest operator of Burger King franchises, recently settled a multi-state lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Carrols operates 575 Burger King restaurants in 13 states, although apparently not in Minnesota. In fact, just last year Carrols acquired 278 Burger King restaurants, and Burger King Corporation gained a 28.9 percent stake in Carrols.
The all-male Iowa Supreme Court surprised the nation late last week when it ruled unanimously that a woman could be fired, even though she had done nothing wrong, because her boss was too attracted to her.
The U.S. Office of Compliance is a federal agency which works to ensure that the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, the Congressional Budget Office and other Capitol building employers comply with federal employment law. The OOC, as it is known, has just released its latest report, and its revelations were disturbing.