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The Danger of Labels in Employment Disputes

By Michael Brown • Nov 23rd, 2011 • Category: Employment Law, Newest Post

If you’re an employee or employer in a dispute or lawsuit, you will be tempted– very tempted– to describe events in terms of adjectives or conclusions, i.e. labels.
For example, a worker may want to tell a boss or a legal authority “I was given unfair and impossible expectations” (the operative labels being “unfair” and “impossible”), [...]

Workplace Anti-Bullying Bill Considered By Wisconsin Legislature

By Michael Brown • Apr 2nd, 2010 • Category: Employment Law, Newest Post

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Wisconsin legislators are considering enactment of a bill, 2009 Assembly Bill 894, that prohibits workplace bullying by employers.
The bill seeks to prohibit abusive work environments in Wisconsin, and to allow a worker subjected to such an environment to bring a civil legal claim.
Importantly, a civil [...]

Job-Hunt Discrimination & Defeatist Thinking

By Michael Brown • Jun 10th, 2009 • Category: Employment Law, Newest Post

I have heard many unemployed workers who are in protected classes under discrimination law (e.g. workers with disabilities, workers over 40 years old) express frustration that employers will not hire them for jobs they are qualified for, and the workers feel this is for discriminatory reasons based on their protected class (e.g. hiring employer does [...]