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Employees do the darnedest things, and HR frequently winds up trying to undo the damage. One of the highlights of HR Specialist’s upcoming Labor and Employment Law Advanced Practices Symposium (March 18-20 in Las Vegas) will be a session on “The Most Bizarre Recent Workplace Cases—and What You Can Learn from Them.” Here’s our take on the topic, with cases pulled from the pages of HR Specialist newsletters.

What not to ask your prospective HR director

It is an unwritten rule in polite society that anyone who feels compelled to guess a person’s age should always guess down.

Most members of the HR profession know to avoid at all costs any mention of an employee’s or applicant’s age.

That’s why it’s hard to sympathize with Joseph Kestenbaum, an investor with Unitek USA, a Pennsylvania communications firm, who reportedly asked a 55-year-old applicant seeking an HR director’s position, “How old are you, 78?”

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