Posts Tagged ‘harassment’

Can You Fire for Off-Duty Behavior?

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The age social media and transparency has presented pros and cons for employers and employees alike.  There may be no better example of this than the events that occurred in Charlottesville earlier this month. Numerous neo-Nazi marchers were featured in pictures/videos that went viral, causing, among other things, their employers to scramble and figure out the proper course of action. Most companies have no tolerance for racism or discrimination IN the workplace — but the events in Charlottesville occurred outside of the office.  So, even though employees who took part in the white nationalist marches were engaging in racist behavior,…

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The Uber Problem

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The continued controversy surrounding Uber over the past few months finally reached a boiling point. CEO Travis Kalanick recently revealed that he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence from his role at the company, but subsequently resigned, which is ultimately in the best interest of the company’s future success. Kalanick’s track record of fostering and enabling a harsh, competitive, and sexually aggressive work environment — at least 215 allegations of sexual harassment have been reported by Uber employees — seems to have caught up to him and his leadership team.  His announcement comes as a result of a…

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Talking Politics at Work

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The election is over, but politics are very likely to dominate the collective interest of our nation for the foreseeable future with what has been perhaps the most divisive political environment in history, coupled with the 24-hour news cycle keeping controversial topics at the top of mind. Any diverse group of people will have differing opinions, and political views are no exception. Everyone, of course, is entitled to their opinion, but when employees voice their political views in an office environment, there is ample opportunity for work to get sidetracked, feelings to be hurt, and productivity to drop. So, what…

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Are You Uber-Focused on Results? Don’t Let This Happen to Your Business

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The revelations of sexism, harassment, and an utter lack of accountability at Uber have rocked the company to its core. The hashtag #DeleteUber has gained traction on social media, and CEO Travis Kalanick has come under fire for not just allowing, but enabling a company culture that made many female employees feel “unwelcome”. Uber made its way to the top of the transportation tech industry by being brash and fearless, but internally, those same qualities have isolated a large portion of its workforce. An article from USA Today refers to Uber’s baller’ culture, and the description seems more fit for…

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