With 1,500 employees at its Chicago headquarters, advertising firm Leo Burnett isn’t quite large enough for an on-site day care center for employees’ children, says HR Manager Meredith Reinker. So it signed up for an online service that matches parents with local nannies and baby sitters. Sittercity.com also lists elder caregivers, pet sitters, tutors and housekeepers.
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Investigations of workplace wrongdoing sometimes take unexpected turns. Don’t hesitate to keep digging, no matter where the evidence leads. You may discover that the employee who complained in the first place hasn’t been as innocent as he claims. If it turns out that an apparent victim has actually done something wrong, you can take disciplinary action.
Sometimes, an employee isn’t a good fit for a particular job assignment and gets frustrated that things aren’t working out. Employers that transfer such an employee with the genuine intent to give her a fresh start elsewhere probably won’t find themselves in legal hot water. That’s true even if the employee had filed an EEOC charge—as long as the new job has similar duties, responsibilities, pay and other benefits.
Don’t expect to get a case tossed out just because the complaint is vague. The fact is, courts are willing to let an employee continue a quest for a big jury award as long as the complaint puts the employer on notice about the essentials, if not the specifics, of the case.