EEOC offers sage advice on following checklists for harassment compliance
from Jon Hyman

Last June, the EEOC issued a comprehensive, bi-partisan report on harassment in the workplace. The report's stated purpose was to “reboot workplace harassment prevention efforts” by focusing on efforts employers can take “in designing effective anti-harassment policies; developing training curricula; implementing complaint, reporting, and investigation procedures; creating an organizational culture [...]

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WIRTW #453 (the “Oxford comma” edition)
from Jon Hyman

Who knew that the l'il ol' Oxford comma was so controversial? I would have never dreamed that yesterday's post on the importance of its omission in a wage/statute would generate so much feedback, or that people feel so passionately about its use or non-use. In fact, it was my most [...]

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For want of an Oxford comma
from Jon Hyman

Vampire Weekend once asked, “Who gives a f__k about an Oxford comma?” The answer, apparently, is the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals, a whole lot. In O'Connor v. Oakhurt Dairy [pdf], that court reversed the dismissal of an overtime lawsuit based on the absence of a Oxford comma in a list [...]

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The 11th Circuit’s odd LGBT-discrimination decision
from Jon Hyman

Late last week, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, in Evans v. Georgia Regional Hosp. [pdf], held that Title VII does not protect sexual-orientation discrimination per se, and that to sufficiently plead such a cause of action under Title VII, one must allege facts sufficient to establish that the employer [...]

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