Case In Point

Mindy Chapman Esq. is the founder of the nationally acclaimed “Workplace
Training that Clicks & Sticks™” and co-author of the American Bar
Association’s best seller and authority on civil rights training, “Case
Dismissed! Taking Your Harassment Prevention Training to Trial.” Case In Point is an entertaining look at the employment law cases impacting you today, plus practical ways to protect yourself and your company.

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If you’re an HR professional, manager or executive, you wear a lot of hats. Right? One of those hats is as a performance management coach. Coaching is always well intended … at least it’s supposed to be. But, as one court recently noted, be very careful when coaching—you might just end up wearing a defendant’s hat in a discrimination lawsuit ...
Think you can close the book on an employment lawsuit once you’ve paid off the jury verdict? Think again. As this case show, the court can still have its claws around your organization’s throat for a long time …
Think you can close the book on an employment lawsuit once you’ve paid off the jury verdict? Think again. As this case show, the court can still have its claws around your organization’s throat for a long time …
Think you can close the book on an employment lawsuit once you’ve paid off the jury verdict? Think again. As this case show, the court can still have its claws around your organization’s throat for a long time …

Ever wonder if your employees out on FMLA leave are really sitting on a beach sipping a drink with a little umbrella in it? If you think employees are violating your policies, what can you do? One court ruled last week that you can fire such an employee … but first make sure you have the right policies in place.

If you’re worried that an employee or ex-employee will break into your computer network and damage the company, a new court ruling give you new teeth to enforce your policy … and it gives employees something to think about before commit e-sabotage...

In the past few weeks, several Hollywood celebrities—including Catherine Zeta-Jones and Demi Lovato—have publicly announced they suffer from bi-polar disorder, a mental illness defined by high and low mood swings. Even Charlie Sheen has dubbed himself “bi-winning.” But what if a bipolar employee exhibits threatening behavior—can you discipline the action, or must you accommodate the disability? Do anti-violence policies trump employee disability rights? Here what one court said this month …

In the past few weeks, several Hollywood celebrities—including Catherine Zeta-Jones and Demi Lovato—have publicly announced they suffer from bi-polar disorder, a mental illness defined by high and low mood swings. Even Charlie Sheen has dubbed himself “bi-winning.” But what if a bipolar employee exhibits threatening behavior—can you discipline the action, or must you accommodate the disability? Do anti-violence policies trump employee disability rights? Here what one court said this month …

Do your supervisors know it’s illegal to lash out at or get revenge on employees who voice legal complaints? While race discrimination has historically been the most popular employee discrimination claim with the EEOC, retaliation took over the top spot last year. A $3 million jury verdict this week shows how America is becoming Retaliation Nation …
Ever wonder what role employees who make sexual harassment claims have in fixing the problem? One court recently ruled they at least have to give the employer the opportunity to try to right the wrong.
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