Tag Archives: workplace misconduct

Pornography in the Workplace – One Employer’s Response that You Don’t Want to Follow

One employment law topic that never seems to go away is pornography in the workplace. When the issue invariably arises, I remember my first attorney job out of law school. I began working at a medium-sized law firm. One partner I frequently worked with was a brilliant, chain-smoking, gruff, old white-collar defense and First Amendment … Continue Reading

The Cost of Workplace Bullying: Legal Risks and Workplace Disruption

Workplace bullying was front and center this week as the Miami Dolphins organization scrambled to address reports that its starting offensive tackle Jonathan Martin left the team indefinitely because of bullying from teammates. ESPN reported that this bullying included Mr. Martin’s teammate, Richie Incognito, leaving Martin the following (disturbing) voicemail after Mr. Martin was drafted … Continue Reading

Recommendations for Preventing and Responding to Workplace Violence

The preliminary results of the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries for 2010 showed mixed results as to workplace violence. Specifically, workplace homicides declined 7% in 2010 to the lowest total ever recorded by the fatality census. But workplace homicides involving women increased by 13%.  Historically, 11,613 workplace homicide victims were reported between … Continue Reading

What’s the Harm in a Little Workplace Porn? For Starters, Unemployment Benefits.

A recent denial of unemployment benefits in Berglund v Industrial Technology Institute (7/21/2011) offers important insight for both employers and employees when it comes to accessing Internet pornography in the workplace and technology use policies.    Overview of Michigan Unemployment Benefits Under Michigan law, an employee is disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits if he or she is … Continue Reading

A Short Checklist to Avoid a Disgruntled Former Employee Costing Your Company $200,000

A disgruntled former Gucci employee is reported to have caused in excess of $200,000 in damages to his former employer (as reported by Computer World) and now faces criminal charges. Specifically, the New York District Attorney’s indictment alleges that Sam Chihlung Yin fraudulently obtained IT access after he was fired. From there, the indictment alleges that Mr. … Continue Reading
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