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Survey Responders Say They Don't Have an Accurate Picture of IT Risk

- A new survey says there is still widespread misunderstanding of the impact user access reviews have on enterprise IT risk.

Employment

- A contentious workplace and abrasive supervisor do not rise to the level of employment discrimination, according to a federal appeals court. A new supervisor whose “tough, insensitive, and unfair” behavior was seen as discriminatory by female employees was judged to have been unpleasant to everyone and, thus, not guilty of discrimination.

Good Policy Can Prevent Hostile Workplace Lawsuits

- Security Management talks to Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., about how companies can avoid litigation by establishing a comprehensive harassment prevention and response policy.

Elsewhere in the Courts: ADA

- A hospital employee may not pursue his lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because he was not qualified for the job. The employee’s requested accommodation—teaching hospital physicians and staff the symptoms and triggers of Asperger’s syndrome—was not an issue, according to the court. The hospital did not need to make the accommodation because the employee was unable to perform an essential function of his job, interacting with patients. The court also noted that the employee rejected the hospital’s offer to help him find a job in pathology or another specialty that required little or no patient interaction.

U.S. Judicial Decisions: Retaliation

- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that an employee, fired after his coworker fiancée filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit against their employer, may sue for discrimination. The Court ordered that a lower court make a decision on the case.

Workplace Safety

- A driver who was fired after refusing to drive a truck that he considered unsafe is not protected under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. OSHA rules make it illegal to fire a commercial truck driver for refusing to operate an unsafe vehicle. The driver, ruled the court, was not fired for his safety concerns but for his volatile and hostile attitude when he complained.

Employee Records

- The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that a company retaliated against an employee when it fired her for taking confidential documents to bolster her lawsuit. The court ruled that the employee was protected in taking the documents without authorization because she was giving them to her attorney.

Delivering on Diversity's Promise

- Companies can implement policies to prevent hostile work environment claims while also presenting a strong defense if they are charged.

Ferreting Out Fakers

- How one lab working with victimized companies analyzes counterfeit goods to find the methods used and the criminals behind the schemes.

Workplace Violence

- One of the foremost experts in the field puts together a comprehensive and functional manual to avoid an employee "going postal."

Behind the Numbers

- Only 23 percent of chief information security officers report directly to the CEO or the board of directors. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Elsewhere in the Courts: ADA

- A federal appeals court has ruled that a deaf employee may sue his employer for violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act because the company failed to provide the employee with a sign language interpreter at critical meetings. Instead, a coworker provided written notes of the meetings, which often included only main points and failed to note questions and answers.

State Legislation: Virginia: Background Checks

- A new law (formerly H.B. 690) in Virginia will require those who work with public transit services undergo a criminal background check. The law applies to employees hired directly by the government as well as those working through an independent contractor.
 




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