The Workplace Bias Issue Concerning Traditional Religious Dress

Tue, September 18th, 2012 - 1:25 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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The EEOC filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Philadelphia woman who was fired for wearing a head scarf to work.   The headscarf is part of her garb in keeping with her religious beliefs.

According to the article in Philly.com…”the suit said that El, of Philadelphia, was hired by ABM Security Services, of California, to work at the center on Feb. 21, 2011. She was fired the next day, the suit said, when she showed up in uniform, wearing the khimar, which covers her hair and ears, but not her face.”

The article further elaborated…”ABM said some clients require adherence to a strict uniform code. The company said in a statement that it was disappointed that EEOC filed the suit because El was given the opportunity to work elsewhere but declined.”

This is not the first of such cases.  I believe there is also a similar case at Disney Land where there, too, the woman was offered another job.   I am sure there are others.

So I guess there is a question as to what constitutes reasonable dress codes and to what lengths must an employer go to not discriminate against an employee because of the employee’s religious beliefs.   Are there security issues involved ?  If the employer offers the employee another position within the company, presumably for equal pay, does that constitute an accommodation?

It will be interesting to see how this case plays out.

Workplace Bullying Has Serious Financial Impact

Tue, September 11th, 2012 - 12:27 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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I recently wrote an article entitled, Workplace Bullying is Even Worse Than Thought.  Now the SFGate reports about the financial impact of workplace bullying.

The article cites four major impact where workplace bullying can create a financial drain.  Reduced productivity; employee turnover;  lost time on the job; and of course the damage caused to a company’s reputation.   All serious stuff.   Add to this that when you enable or allow workplace bullying, employees suffer physically and most often psychologically.

The article reports, “Workplace bullying can include verbal abuse, intimidation, humiliation and sabotage. These mistreatments are typically not one-time occurrences; they happen over a significant length of time and cause the victim to suffer a loss of self-esteem and possibly even long-term physical or mental health issues. Aside from the damages to the victims of bullying, organizations are finding that workplace bullying costs money as well.

Best advice, get out in front of workplace bullying.  Establish a comprehensive policy where among other things employees can report incidents to their managers.   And make it clear, workplace bullying will not be tolerated in  you business.

Elderly Worker Sentenced for Workplace Violence

Thu, September 6th, 2012 - 3:22 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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I have written quite a bit about workplace violence.  I have reported on surveys on workplace violence, various studies, and have commented on the more egregious incidents.   One such article is Workplace Bullying is Worse Than Thought.  However, few things prepare you for an article about a 75-year-old worker beating on his fellow employee.  Not only did he beat on him, but with a custom made club with thirty odd screws protruding from the end.   Ironically, or not, I have seen a number of elder man carrying such a weapon.  I don’t remember any of them bringing these war sticks to work.

According to The Mercury, ” A 75-year-old maintenance worker is headed to jail after he was convicted of charges he used a homemade club with 32 protruding screws to attack a co-worker at the Montgomery Township business where they worked.”

Montgomery County, Philadelphia, essentially, is my old stomping grounds as a kid.   It’s a decent area, not overly known for indecent acts of violence.

The assailant will be doing between eleven and 24 months of jail time and then at least two years of probation.  That’s a lot of time out of life when you are 75-years-old.  Not the smartest thing anyone has ever done.  What’s more the poor victim was nearly scared half to death, according the witnesses.

So, I guess, young or old everybody can get in with the ever expanding trend of workplace violence.  Oh my.

Corra Group to Close Early Friday for Labor Day Weekend

Fri, August 31st, 2012 - 7:06 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those conducting background checks for employment screening purposes, please e aware that Corra Group will be closing early on Friday, August 31st for the Labor Day Weekend.   The background screening services will be closing one PM Pacific Time and will remain closed Monday September 3rd  for the Labor Day Holiday.    We will be open for normal business hours, Tuesday September 4th.

All federal and county criminal and civil courts are also closed Monday.

Corra Group would like to wish everyone a great Labor Day Weekend!

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