Monthly Archives: August 2012

Chrysler Liable for “Repulsive Harassment” of Employee

Yesterday, in May v. Chrysler Group, LLC, the Seventh Circuit upheld a jury verdict in favor of a factory worker who endured years of racial and religious harassment, including frequent death threats and slashed tires. After the jury rendered its verdict, including $3.5 million on punitive damages, the trial court granted a new trial on...
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The EEOC Disapproves Mandatory Confidential Investigation Instructions

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has taken a position similar to the National Labor Relations Board.  The EEOC notified an employer that it considers  enforced secrecy during internal harassment investigations to be unlawful.  The NLRB similarly discourages an instruction to maintain confidentiality, finding that it tramples on employees’ rights to discuss their terms and conditions...
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More Privacy in Social Media Proposed in Congress

Maryland recently outlawed employer practices of demanding that employees give access to their facebook and similar accounts.  That law goes into effect October 1. Congress has jumped on this bandwagon, introducing similar bills in both houses.  ThePassword Protection Act of 2012 would criminalize similar behavior throughout the country.  The problem arises when an employer requires...
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National Labor Relations Board Disapproves Gag Orders in the Workplace

The National Labor Relations Board continues to attract a lot of attention for its active protection of the rights of non-unionized employees.  The National Labor Relations Act was designed to outlaw the union-busting practices of some employers.  But it has always applied generally to all workplaces that intersect with commerce, which is nearly everyone. The Board...
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