Editor’s Note: Most managers are diligent, empathetic and savvy professionals who know how to get the best from their people and stay on the right side of the law. And then there are the other ones — those whose blunders land them in court, on the news and, sometimes, on HR blogs. Here are a few cautionary tales from the darker side of management:
Maybe he didn’t want to get his uniform dirty…
A supervisor for an industrial cleaning company in Texas asked an employee to take his photo naked next to a Christmas tree, the employee claims in a sexual harassment lawsuit. The employee says the supervisor, who was a safety manager for the AbClean company, entered a room without a stitch on, and then made the unusual photo request. The manager also insisted on discussing sexual matters with him at work, the employee claims. The employee says that although he complained to management, the man remained his supervisor, which forced him to resign. Source: Houston Employment Law Blog.
‘Bedtime story’ has an unhappy ending
A supervisor who lay down on a female subordinate’s hotel bed, unbuttoned his shirt and demanded a “bedtime story” has cost his employer more than $500,000. A federal appeals court upheld a jury award of $250,000 in damages for the woman, and granted her lawyers more than $300,000 in fees. The employee’s lawsuit claimed she was sexually harassed – the hotel incident, during a business trip, was one of several – and fired for complaining. Making the supervisor look even worse: He admitted at trial that he knew of the dangers of harassment. “At that time, harassment in the workplace was a big issue, and … I should have been much more careful,” he said. Cite: Manzo v. Sovereign Motor Cars.
So how are things at home?
A supervisor told a female employee she wanted the employee to have three-way sex with her and her husband, the employee claimed in a sexual harassment lawsuit. The employee, who worked at a daycare center in O’Fallon, IL, said she eventually gave in and had sex with the supervisor. But at some point, she told the supervisor she wanted to stop. The supervisor reacted by ordering her to transfer to another location run by the employer, La Petite Academy. When the employee rejected the transfer and reported the supervisor, she was fired, she claimed. Her suit seeks $300,000+ in damages and costs from the daycare operator. Source: www.madisonrecord.com
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