Episode 39 – When You Don’t Know the Law, Ask Google!

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Since I’m a small employer, I can totally discriminate against people, right?  Not so fast!  Marc and Dennis talk about the importance of location, location, location when it comes to employment law compliance. Our first advertisement!  (We just need to collect our bill, and we’ll be rolling in dough). And, a great listener-submitted story about…

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Episode 38 – Speak From Your Scars, Not From Your Open Wounds

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I am writing to inform you that Marc has decided to leave the Hostile Work Environment to spend more time with his family, and Dennis has decided to leave to pursue other interests. (Just kidding — we’re here to stay. ) But we do talk about what special guest and People and Culture professional extraordinaire…

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Episode 37 – Dead People are Really Bad at Paying Their Bills

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Marc and Dennis return to their favorite industry – funeral homes – to discuss a serious issue: What should you do when you find out the owner of the company is engaging in horrific sex harassment (which may or may not involve corpses)? Why is higher education-in particular, the sciences-a hotbed of gender discrimination? Why…

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Episode 36 – Fire Pole

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It’s hot out there, so some employees are making it hot in here by ignoring standards of appropriate dress! Like, can you wear the stars and bars to work? Can your boss make you wear high heels? How much thong is too much thong? Then we have an update about our friend who was fired…

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Episode 35 – The Dark Ages of Deoderant

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Some people work for peanuts, other people won’t work in a workplace with peanuts — Marc and Dennis explore a disability lawsuit where peanuts figure quite prominently. Dennis tells an international tale with an interesting defense to a sex harassment claim. And Marc tells an uplifting tale of workplace body odor and how a social…

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Episode 34 – Proofread and Don’t Shoot People

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Holy punitive damages, Batman!  Marc tells Dennis about the biggest employment case verdict in Massachusetts history. An FBI agent goes off half-cocked (not a euphemism). Trigger warning (no pun intended):  penis tattoos figure heavily in today’s episode.  (Link has profanity and somewhat not safe for work.)

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Episode 33 – Legal But Dumb

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We begin with some practical (but certainly not legal) advice on how to intelligently conduct an equal pay audit without just opening your wallet to the class action lawyers. Marc and Dennis debate whether it is okay to fire your political opponent. We share a truly horrific story about incestuous assaults by employees – and…

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Episode 32 – Mountains and Mountains of Cocaine

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It’s the All-Florida Episode! Where can you serve booze to your alcoholic employee, lock them out of the building, and then make them walk home so they get hit by a train?  Florida! Where can you fire a deaf employee for talking too loud?  Florida! Where can you snort mountains of cocaine?  Where can you…

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Episode 31 – The Hamslinger

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When is it okay to discriminate against gay folks?  (Hint: never.) When is it okay to call someone the C-Word?  (Hint: never.) When is it okay to throw sizzling hot ham in a coworker’s face? (Hint: rarely.) We discuss these issues and  more in this very special episode of the Hostile Work Environment, featuring special…

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Episode 30 – A Thousand Things to Get All Butthurt About

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What do you do when you get fired because your boss tweeted some racist nonsense (and blames it on Ambien)? Marc and Dennis discuss whether the cast and crew of Roseanne have a claim against their twitter-happy star. Should you get all excited because the Supreme Court greenlit class action arbitration agreements? And what are the…

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