Our Favorite Quotes: Choose Friends by Character and Socks by Color

By | 2017-01-13T13:41:55+00:00 September 12th, 2014|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , |

This month’s quote is a bit of a curve ball. “Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable.” — Anonymous

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The Problem With “Doesn’t Fit In” Comments

By | 2014-12-04T17:40:35+00:00 September 5th, 2014|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

It can be hard to articulate why a candidate isn't right for a particular job. Or why an employee is not the best pick for a certain assignment or promotion. But it can be really important for employers to identify legitimate, business related reasons for an individual's non-selection.

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Working in Boystown

By | 2017-01-13T13:41:57+00:00 August 8th, 2014|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

The world is full of beautiful, giving people. The world also has more than its fair share of people filled with negativity. The trick is to retain – no, grow your own inner beauty no matter what the people around you do or say. In a town like Washington, this can be a challenge – especially for [...]

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Discrimination 201: Intent to Discriminate Not Necessary

By | 2017-01-13T13:41:59+00:00 April 2nd, 2014|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

There are certainly cases where an employer intentionally discriminates based on some kind of animus: racism, sexism, bias against a particular religion, etc. But there are also case where employers discriminate without any such intent. Alas, the discrimination is just as illegal. Take customer preference, as an example. A customer or client tells an employer [...]

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How Do You Train Your Managers on Harassment / Discrimination?

By | 2017-01-13T13:41:59+00:00 March 6th, 2014|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , |

The question assumes you provide training, at least for supervisory level employees, on how to comply with their various obligations under federal and state anti-discrimination laws. If you haven’t done so in the past couple of years, it’s time to roll out some training. The agencies and courts expect employers to have harassment and discrimination [...]

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What Color is Your Shirt?

By | 2017-01-13T13:42:20+00:00 July 31st, 2010|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , |

by Robin ONeill I remember as a child I could never afford wrapping paper. I used newspaper and always told my family they deserved the very best and used Sunday's paper because it had color. Usually I used the comics. I remember going to other children's birthday parties and was amazed at these ornate gifts. [...]

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What Will You Do to Stop Hatred and Discrimination?

By | 2017-01-13T13:42:24+00:00 March 31st, 2010|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , , |

That’s the question that local high school and middle school students are asked each year as part of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage Stop the Hate! Youth Speak Out! essay contest. Last year, we featured the contest and the winner, Matt Soble from Solon High School, who wrote about a socially different classmate, in our [...]

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