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How One Missing Poster Doomed an Atlantic City Hotel

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Have you checked your company’s bulletin boards lately? Do they show the correct, updated federal- and state-law posters? As this week’s new court ruling shows, poster mistakes can actually breathe new life into supposedly dead employment lawsuits …


Case in Point: The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., employed Hau Wai Yip, a Chinese man who worked as a chef, and Kang Mei Chan, a 40-year-old Chinese woman who spoke no English, as a maid. They were eventually fired by their supervisor, Jenny Wong.

Both workers didn’t go quietly. They sued the hotel and Wong for national origin and race discrimination under state law and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Their claim? Yip accused Wong of touching him on his legs and thighs and asking him for sexual favors. Chan accused Wong of saying that Chan could return to China if she didn’t like her job and that Chan was too old to be a maid.

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Leslie October 1, 2009 at 3:54 pm

With many employees working out of home offices now, does the company not have a responsibility to also send copies of all of the workplace posters to be kept in a file at the employee’s residence and have the employee sign off on receiving them?


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