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Manager mistakes: 3 key lessons from the courtroom

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judge with gavelIt’s always smarter—and less expensive—to learn about employment law from others’ mistakes, rather than your own. Here are three new court decisions that serve up great lessons for any manager:

Lesson 1:  Keep quiet about employee complaints, legal action

The case: A Pennsylvania state trooper filed a discrimination complaint with the EEOC, claiming his transfer was due to racial bias. Soon after, the em­­ployee was ordered to turn in his weapon and undergo a psychiatric exam. The super­­­­visor allegedly said the reason was because of his EEOC complaint. So the trooper shot off another EEOC claim—this one saying he was illegally retaliated against for filing a complaint.

The police argued that the psychiatric exam was already in the works.

Decision: The jury sided with the trooper, saying the supervisor’s comments about the EEOC complaint were evidence that retaliation was the motive for the psychiatric exam. (Hinton v. Pe...(register to read more)

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