Site Map - The Workplace

Sexual Harassment

- An employee can pursue her sexual harassment claim against her company even though she never reported the problem, a federal appeals court has ruled. The court ruled that because the employee’s supervisor took actions indicating that he knew about the harassment, he could not later claim ignorance.

Religious Discrimination

- An employee who was fired for repeatedly violating her company’s overtime policy may not sue for religious discrimination, according to a federal appeals court. The employee, a conservative Christian, claimed that her employer took action against her because of her condemnation of homosexuals.

Managing Big Egos

- Companies seeking confident and charismatic leaders might unwittingly invite narcissists into the workplace.

Quick Bytes: Security Budgets

- Security budgets will continue to grow in 2010 as spending on new security products recovers, according to a recent Forrester Research report.

Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Whistleblower Bill

- Lawmakers held a hearing to discuss a bill that would amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA) by increasing penalties for violators and boosting protections for whistleblowers.

Business Partnerships Pose Escalating Data Breach Threats

- When it comes to protecting sensitive data, companies often overlook the risks stemming from business partnerships, says Verizon. (From the March 2010 Issue)

Chicago Public School HQ's Shames Naughty Web Surfers

- The administrative headquarters of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) knows how to keep its wireless network users from accessing Web sites it doesn't like: a shrieking alarm.


- A federal appeals court has ruled that an employee claiming she was fired for her traditional Christian beliefs may not sue her employer for discrimination. The employee repeatedly violated the company’s overtime policy, even after repeated warnings. The court ruled that the employee was fired for failing to meet the legitimate business expectations of her employer.


- Police officers who claim that their employers illegally read their private text messages will get to take their case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The outcome of the case will affect how employers deal with workplace communications.


- A teacher may pursue her lawsuit against her employer for failure to accommodate her depression according to a federal appeals court. The court ruled that the school had a duty to pursue accommodation after the teacher provided a doctor’s statement that the depression was linked to a lack of windows in the teacher’s classroom.

Watch Your Business Partners

- Verizon’s annual data breach report warns that companies have one more weak link to worry about when protecting their information.

State Legislation: Colorado: Workplace Violence

- Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., has issued an executive order requiring the state to draft a policy to address domestic violence that spills over into the workplace. The policy, which is to be in place by August, will include a training program to increase awareness of the issue and the resources available for victims.

Medical Exams

- An employee may pursue a lawsuit against her employer after a medical examination led to her termination, a federal appeals court has ruled. The case concerns the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the use of job-specific physical agility tests to determine whether an employee can perform a certain job.

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