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September 2011

Workplace Diversity: The Hispanic Experience

Increasing Influence of Hispanic Consumers and Students in the Marketplace National Hispanic Heritage Month is From September 15 through October 15. I can think of no better time to look at the issue of workplace diversity. According to 2010 Census data, fifty million Hispanics account for 16 percent of America's... Read more →

Workplace Fraud in Higher Education on the Rise

Higher Education Susceptible to Fraud Higher education institutions are just as vulnerable to fraud as other organizations. I know from first-hand experience that “even” academics can engage in fraudulent actions. Here are a few examples: Top-level university administrators take university-funded trips to overseas locations ostensibly to set up exchange programs... Read more →

Steps to Prevent Workplace Bullying

Workplace Bullying Violates Ethical Standards In my last blog I looked at the growing trend of creating cyber-bullying legislation to control bullying in the workplace. Bullying at work is the repeated, health or career endangering mistreatment of one employee, by one or more employees. The mistreatment is a form of... Read more →

Bullying Litigation in the Workplace

Bullying – the Next Frontier of Litigation? I have previously blogged about the problem of cyber-bullying in society in general and in schools in particular that has created a hostile environment for some young people who then contemplate revenge and, in extreme cases, suicide. In this blog I look at... Read more →

Identity Theft Puts Businesses at Risk

Small Businesses are Particularly Vulnerable to Identity Theft Identity theft is the misuse or fraudulent use of an individual's personal information. The risk of theft is significant because employers retain sensitive personal data, such as social security and bank account numbers, in HR personnel files which can be targets of... Read more →

Outsourcing Effects Workplace Satisfaction

Unintended Workplace Effects of Outsourcing I have previously blogged about the loss of jobs in the U.S. due to the outsourcing practices of American companies. In the chase for additional profits, some companies ship jobs overseas to save on labor costs and health benefits. The quality of the work and... Read more →

Workplace Violence: What Employees Need to Know

Workplace Violence on the Rise and Disproportionately Targets Minorities According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, violence in America is now invading the workplace, putting at risk the safety, productivity and health of American workers and this violence appears to be on the increase. Research clearly shows a... Read more →

Employee Use of Technology in the Workplace: Corporate Liability for Sexual Harassment Claims

Misuse of Technology Can Create a “Hostile Work Environment” According to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the most common form of corporate liability for harassment is for claims based on a "hostile work environment." This type of environment is present when "the workplace is permeated with discriminatory intimidation, ridicule,... Read more →

Sex Sells: Sexualization of Young Girls a Potential Problem in the Workplace

Objectification of Women in Advertisements The portrayal of young girls as sexual objects can create an image in the mind of some men that women are looking for sex and will do whatever it takes to get what and where they want to be -- and that belief can translate... Read more →

The Ethics of Writing Letters of Recommendation

Should You Write that Letter of Recommendation for a Colleague or Friend? The other day I received an e-mail from a reader who asked for guidance in determining whether to write a letter of recommendation for a co-worker who had applied for a promotion within the organization. The ethical dilemma... Read more →