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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Why Panera should settle lawsuit regarding racism

Even if ex-manager's claim that he was fired for making a black man a cashier is false, the franchise owner will lose if case goes to court

To find out why, read here: Why Panera should settle lawsuit regarding racism

Monday, November 07, 2011

Is your chronically ill coworker just gaming the system?

Dear Evil HR Lady,

Due to your advice, I landed a great job about a year ago. There is only one problem. I work for a small department, and we have a coworker, Jim, who is a very nice guy with a serious absentee problem. For example, this year to date, he has called in sick 32 times. (We have a shared calendar where we track sick days, vacation, events etc.) In addition to calling in sick, he is habitually late and during winter, he frequently calls in on snowy days and says he can't make it in. (We have another staff member who lives in the same area who has no trouble.) Last week, during a rainy morning, he called to say that he was stuck in traffic so he was going to go back home and wait and try to come in again around 10 or 10:30 (he was due in at 8:30.) This is not the first time he has done this. He has also been caught sleeping in his office multiple times.

He is eligible for the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) because he has irritable bowl syndrome (IBS). This affects me because Jim is supposed to work the closing shift with me. When he is gone, I am left alone and have to do all the closing duties. Our current manager says that nothing can be done because of FMLA. We're in the process of hiring a new director.

First, does this seem like a legitimate FMLA situation? Second, when the new director gets hired, should we say something to him/ her about this situation or just let them see if for themselves? We don't want to come off as complainers but this is bothering us all. With such a small staff, anytime one of us has to take a vacation or sick day, it's always in the back of our minds, "What if Jim calls in, too?"

To read click here: Is your chronically ill coworker just gaming the system?

Friday, November 04, 2011

Why employers settle sexual harassment claims

Herman Cain's employer quietly settled sexual misconduct complaints, but does that mean he was guilty?

To find out why employers settle sexual harassment claims, click on the link.

This will take you to CBS Money Watch, which is where I reside after they shut down BNET. Supposedly, I will have my own page in the near future, but right now I'm mixed in with Leadership.