OSHA Protects Employees who Report Workplace Violence From Retaliation

A recent lawsuit brought by OSHA against a Florida employer and its owner indicates that employers should be careful when terminating an employee who makes a complaint about workplace violence. The employee alleged that the owner behaved abusively, made inappropriate sexual comments and advances, yelled, screamed and made physically threatening gestures. The employee told the… Continue reading OSHA Protects Employees who Report Workplace Violence From Retaliation

Portland Employers: Be Aware of Proposed Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

The Portland City Council recently held a public hearing to discuss an ordinance that will provide employees with up to 40 hours of paid sick leave annually. The current proposal applies to employers with six or more employees and, if passed, will go into effect on January 1, 2014. A task force is currently considering… Continue reading Portland Employers: Be Aware of Proposed Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Do Not Fire an Employee who Refuses to Give up Rights to File an EEOC Claim

Here is the hypothetical: Employer has an employee who is going to sign a “last chance agreement” in connection with performance or other disciplinary issues. The agreement includes language which prohibits the employee from filing charges with the EEOC for events that occur in the future. The employee refuses to sign the agreement because he… Continue reading Do Not Fire an Employee who Refuses to Give up Rights to File an EEOC Claim