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EEOC files lawsuit against Sonic Drive-In for sexual harassment and retaliation

The EEOC filed a lawsuit against Sonic Drive-In of Los Lunas, Ltd., and B&B Consultants, Inc., doing business as Sonic Drive-In in Los Lunas, N.M., for not stopping a Sonic supervisor from subjecting female employees to sexual harassment and retaliating against the women who complained about the hostile work environment.

The EEOC lawsuit alleges that a number of female employees were forced to endure pervasive sexual comments and innuendo and unwelcome touching of bodies.  The lawsuit claims that the ongoing harassment and retaliation caused several women to leave their jobs at Sonic Drive-In.

“Our investigation revealed that a managerial supervisor was permitted to harass these women in the workplace and Sonic did not act promptly to provide corrective relief.” said EEOC Phoenix Acting District Director Rayford Irvin. “Employers have an important responsibility to protect their employees from harassment and retaliation in the workplace.”

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The boss who fired himself

Riley Drake, as CFO of a company that provides management services for trade shows, witnessed a budget crisis unfolding after a number of clients canceled orders last year.  Drake saw the need to reduce overhead to keep the company within budget, and he believed that the company had little choice but to lay off one of its workers.

In a bold step, Drake decided that he would resign his position so that none of his colleagues would have to be laid off.  His CEO was surprised at his willingness to sacrifice his job, especially in the midst of a deep recession, but she accepted his resignation.

Drake then decided to start his own business, CFO4Lease, to offer financial guidance and assistance to small and mid-sized companies that aren’t yet large enough to afford a full-time chief financial officer.

We commend good bosses like Riley Drake who place the well-being of their employees above their own.  We support Drake in his new endeavor, and we encourage companies to do business with CFO4Lease.

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Raiders coach Tom Cable could be arrested for punching assistant coach

Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable might soon be arrested for allegedly punching assistant coach Randy Hanson on August 5 while the Raiders were in training camp.  Hanson suffered a broken jaw from the attack.

Cable could also face a suspension from the NFL for violating the personal conduct policy if he is arrested.  We wonder why this bully boss wasn’t fired immediately following the assault.  Physical violence should not be tolerated in the workplace.

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St. Louis Rams Pays $134,000 to Settle Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

The EEOC announced that the St. Louis Rams has agreed to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit that was filed against the NFL team for firing a veteran trainer, Ron DuBuque, because he has epilepsy.

The Rams will pay $134,000 to settle the lawsuit and has agreed to employ DuBuque as a Rehabilitation Specialist for two years.  DuBuque had been an assistant trainer with the Rams for 11 years before he was fired, and he had been diagnosed with epilepsy years before he started working for the NFL team.

EEOC Acting Chairman Stuart J. Ishimaru said, “As this case and many others show, disability does not mean inability.  All employers should make workplace decisions based on merit and qualifications to do the job, rather than on myths, fears, or stereotypes associated with a person’s disability.”

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Job Interview Tip: Google Your Potential Boss

The following is a post from one of our guest bloggers:

When you see the headline “Job Interview TipGoogle your Potential Boss”, you must be wondering what eBossWatch is referring to?  Well, let me tell you about a personal experience from last year.  

Given the current economic condition, we are in what is referred to as an employer’s market.  I was invited into an interview in a major city and I when I saw the agenda, I could not believe the schedule.  It was an all-day interview, which lead me to believe they were just using that time to find things wrong with candidates and to be overly critical.  Nonetheless, I went to the interview and was appalled to discover that another candidate for the same role had been invited there for the same time – a big red flag and inappropriate. 

I went through the all-day job interview without being offered lunch and was dying to get home.  The potential boss seemed amiable, but I believe he went overboard for this easy position.  His name was very distinctive and he told me where he used to live.  When I returned home from the job interview, I Googled this boss and this is the headline that I found of an article about him from a major newspaper:  “Candidate charged with indecent exposure in ’97”

Anyway, I never heard back from that company, and it was probably a blessing in disguise. 

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Is David Letterman a Toxic Boss?

The ReallyBadBoss.com website mentioned the recent David Letterman controversy which has swept news headlines nationwide.  Letterman was the target of a $2 million blackmail scheme carried out by CBS 48 Hours producer John Halderman, who had threatened to publicize Letterman’s affairs with a number of his employees. 

Here’s the ReallyBadBoss.com take on the David Letterman scandal: “We covered the dangers of even consensual boss/subordinate relationships a couple of weeks ago.  Besides being a morale buster, it opens employers up to the threat of lawsuits.  And frankly, I don’t buy the argument that every consensual boss/subordinate relationship is, well, consensual.  When the person who signs your paycheck tells you he wants to sleep with you, the balance shifts, and what would be an easy ‘hell no’ in any other circumstance becomes a little less cut and dry.”

Should bosses who have sex with their employees be considered toxic and unfit to continue managing their employees?

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What to do if you are being bullied at work

Good Morning America” viewers emailed their questions to Tory Johnson, and she offered advice about how to identify and deal with a workplace bully

Johnson identified the following common forms of workplace bullying:

  • Humiliating comments or actions
  • Excessive yelling
  • Undermining your status at work
  • Failing to give credit

Johnson recommends the following actions for people to try to stop workplace bullies from targeting them:

  • Stop the bullying on the spot
  • Walk away from a tirade
  • Confront the bully calmly
  • Document the abuse
  • Find a new job

Tory Johnson is the workplace contributor on “Good Morning America” and the CEO of Women for Hire

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