You can blame it on the Internet, on the sixties, or on the full moon. Outrageous workplace behavior is erupting across the country.
Today’s anything-goes lifestyles are invading your workplace. And it’s up to the remaining level-headed professionals to weigh organizational procedures against employees’ rights (and clean up the resulting legal mess!).
Imagine how you’d handle these real-life bizarre situations:
- During a team-building competition, managers at a California company forced the losing employees to wear diapers and eat baby food. How did HR respond … and is that illegal harassment?
- An off-duty Arizona police officer operated an online video business featuring himself, his wife and inanimate objects. Can the city fire him … or is that “free speech”? (You may be surprised!)
These outrageous actions have a few things in common. Yes, they’re all funny. But every one of them resulted in a lawsuit being filed against the employer. And even the most frivolous suit has to be responded to – costing you money and wasting your time.
- Is it OK if an off-the-clock forensic scientist tests her ex-husband’s underpants for signs of an affair? What if she uses expired chemicals that would have been discarded anyway?
Our promise: Our newest webinar, Today’s Most Bizarre Workplace Cases: How to Prevent Outrageous Workplace Behavior, will certainly make you laugh. But it will also provide plenty of practical tips to help your organization avoid such legal and PR nightmares – and know how to respond if they do occur. You’ll learn:
- What conduct truly rises to the level of “hostile environment.”
- When can you legally fire employees for their outrageous off-duty conduct.
- What qualifies as a true “disability” under the new ADA law.
- What’s a legal dress code … and what goes too far.
You never know what employees will do next. Maybe a manager will suggest his male employee wear women’s clothes (EEOC vs. SAC Capital). Or maybe an employee will go to court to demand the company accommodate his Internet porn addiction (Pacenza v. IBM). Or an employee will drive drunk … in a Zamboni (is that a ZWI?).
- Whether employees’ “private” MySpace postings can be a firing offense.
How your react to such curveballs can mean the difference between a good laugh and a lawsuit.
Wondering if this event is worth your training dollars? Attendees at the recent Labor & Employment Law Advanced Practices (LEAP) Symposium in Las Vegas ranked this session by Mr. Clees as the #1 most popular session among 22 presentations!
While you’re waiting for May 28 to learn the court decisions concerning the diaper wearers, adult actors, and underpants spies, here’s an easier question for you:
If you’re a fast-food employee, and you bathe in the kitchen sink, should you let someone take your picture?
Make sure you know what to do when someone hands you the camera. Join us May 28 for this revealing, and instructive, and entertaining event.
Editorial Director, HR Specialist
P.S. Your satisfaction is unconditionally guaranteed. If you decide that Today’s Most Bizarre Workplace Cases isn’t all we’ve promised and more, we will refund 100% of your tuition. No questions asked – and your FREE copy of Troublesome People at Work will always be yours to keep.