People with a sense of humor are often admired, but sometimes things go too far. If you are dealing with racist jokes in the workplace, you should know what constitutes harassment and discrimination based on race. Learn about the laws that protect employees like you from racial harassment and when jokes cross the line into unwelcome and menacing conduct.
Most people have experienced a rude coworker in their career. It is difficult to know how to respond to repeated derogatory comments, especially when they say that it is, "just a joke." You don't want to overreact but when the comments keep getting worse then you must draw a line. It's important to know when coworkers step over that line from joking into harassment.
Shaken, not stirred. It's a recipe for the perfect (Bond) martini. Up, on the rocks, doubles, straight--you know your job and you do it well. Five deep waiting at the bar? No worries. You can swipe a card, pour a drink and tap a beer, while still carrying on a conversation.
In all employment situations, employees are expected to perform some type of work in exchange for their paycheck and various company benefits. It is a sort of trade agreement. The employee gets "something for something-which happens to be the Latin translation for Quid Pro Quo.
An employer may use religious messages in the workplace without intending to cause any harm, but these can create a hostile work environment. Not every employee is expected to be of the same religion, so some may feel discriminated against when these messages are prevalent.
Did you know that there are federal and state laws in place that make it illegal to allow or create a hostile workplace? This means many things, including the fact that managers and other workers are not permitted to allow workplace behavior that could make another party feel uncomfortable.
A group of employees and union teamsters associated with a local branch of the United Parcel Service recently gathered to protest against harassment at the facility. Around 70 people attended the rally to speak out against what employees are calling a history of discrimination and harassment.
Working is a fact of life for most people. They have a passion for what they do and want to do it well. Your employer has to provide a work environment that is safe. This is the law. A lawsuit has been filed against a restaurant because of alleged poor working conditions in Florida.
For several years, the Florida legislature has seen some form of a Competitive Workforce Act hit tables, but the measure has never reached a committee hearing. In 2016, supporters of Senate Bill 120 are hoping that trend is reversed.
There is no place for workplace bullying, as this can have a negative impact on the victim as well as the company as a whole.