Should the Taxpayers of San Diego Pay Filner's Legal Fees in His Sexual Harassment Case?

Chutzpah is "that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he's an orphan." (Dang, Leo Rosten , you were good!) Well, anyway, that brings us to Mayor Bob Filner of San Diego, California. Home of Ron Burgundy...

NY Court Says Unpaid Intern Not Protected by Harassment Laws

The employment-discrimination laws have been expanding since their creation. And, most of the time, that’s a good thing. But there are times when I wonder, “Have we gone too far?” There was the bullying craze a few years ago, when there was a push to make bullying in the workplace unlawful...

Love Contracts at Work

With Valentine’s Day only a week away, I thought I’d repost my discussion of “love contracts.” A “love contract” or in lawyer terms – a Consensual Relationship Agreement — is an effort to mitigate the risk of sexual harassment claims from an office romance...

The United Colors of Harassment Claims

Let’s take a look at two recent settlements of harassment claims brought by the EEOC: A Tampa, Florida, bank paid $300,000 , resulting from a manager’s ongoing harassment of subordinate female employees, which included repeatedly trapping a 20-year-old behind the teller counter with...