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Have a Safe Memorial Day from The McCalmon Group
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EEOC To Employer: Don’t Make Employees Say “I Love You” In The Workplace

The EEOC alleges an employer’s training program that promotes love in the workplace is a religion. Learn about the case.

The EEOC sued an employer, alleging some of its policies and practices, including a requirement that its workers say “I love you” to one another, violates Title VII’s prohibition against religious discrimination.

The employer admits the activities are part of a belief system called Harnessing Happiness, or what employees refer to as “Onionhead,” a system created by the aunt of the company’s owners, but contends that “the belief system is not a religion because it is not derived from theology, contains no spiritual text, and does not recognize a supreme being.”

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Who Brought The Alligator To Dinner? The Weird And Criminal Things Customers Will Do

A customer throws a live alligator into a drive-through window of an eating establishment. We examine the risks beyond the obvious.
Police arrested a 24-year-old Florida man and charged him with “assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.” The accused drove his pickup truck to a drive-through eating establishment’s window, ordered a drink, and when the employee handed him his drink, the driver “tossed an alligator through the window and sped off.”

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Reflect On This: Ex-Employee Accuses Dr. Phil Of False Imprisonment

According to an ex-employee, the popular TV show host, Dr. Phil, committed false imprisonment. Reflect on the allegations and you decide.

A former employee of The Dr. Phil Show is suing Dr. Phil, alleging false imprisonment and wrongful termination.

In the lawsuit, the woman describes an incident in which Dr. Phil called a meeting of over 300 staff members, locked them in a room and subjected them to a barrage of verbal attacks. She states he was furious about secrets that had been disclosed to the public and forced everyone to hand in their phones for inspection. Dr. Phil allegedly used security guards to prevent anyone from leaving the room until he found the information he was seeking.

If you would like to read the entire story, go to http://bit.ly/1XaSQVohttp://bit.ly/1XaSQVo .
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Is Adele Normalizing Sexual Harassment?

A gender and equality center claims Adele’s song “Hello” normalizes sexual harassment. What do you think?

Adele’s song, “Hello” has become so popular, it has broken a number of records:
1. First-week download sales in the U.S. reached 1.1 million.
2. She holds the one-week streaming record in the UK, at 7.32 million plays.
3. Her VEVO video reached 27.7 million accumulated views within the first 24 hours.
4. “Hello” holds the record for on-demand streams in the U.S. – 20.4 million.
5. The song was number one on iTunes in 102 countries around the world by November 2015.

Unfortunately, one university’s gender and equality center thinks that because the song contains the verse “I must have called a thousand times,” that supports stalking and harassment. The group also cited Maroon 5’s song, “Animals,” citing the verse, “Baby I’m preying on you tonight.” The group thinks the songs “demonstrate how aspects of popular media could be interpreted to normalize unhealthy relationship behaviors.”

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Are Potty Mouth Employees Smarter Than Everyone Else?

A new survey shows those who are good at swearing have other noteworthy verbal skills.

When you hear a person swearing, what do you think about that person? You might think that person lacks education. You might assume they cannot express themselves, so they resort to swearing.

However, an experiment conducted by psychologists tends to prove otherwise. They used students as research subjects and asked them “to say as many different swear words as they could think of in 60 seconds.” The students were also asked to say as many animal names in the same space of time. The psychologists found that “a well-stocked vocabulary of swear words is actually a healthy indicator of other verbal abilities.

Want to read the whole story? Please go to http://mccalmon.com/article.cfm?id=6626
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Excuse Me: You Forgot Your Lipstick. Can Employers Demand Employees Wear Makeup?

A male employee refuses to wear makeup, including lipstick and fake eyelashes. Here’s the rub - he worked for a cosmetic company. Who is right? Who is wrong?

A male make-up artist, who is a minister, filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against his employer. According to the plaintiff, he was told that “he had to wear blush, lipstick and false eyelashes to get his certification” to become a full-time makeup artist with the company. He alleged that his employer “demoted him in 2014 for refusing on religious grounds to wear makeup.”

Company officials reasoned that “makeup artists should know how certain products feel if they are going to use them on others.”

The complainant stated that he agreed to wear concealer to hide acne while he was working at the mall, but refused to wear blush, eye shadow, lipstick and eyelashes during his makeup training classes where he and other participants practiced putting makeup on each other. He could not wear makeup because of his “sincerely held religious beliefs.”

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Bad Tunes Or Bad Attitudes? Employer Sued For Office Music

Employees sue their former employer for playing Christian office music and organizing prayers. We present the facts, and you decide.

Four former employees of a Michigan dentist filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against the dentist, alleging she pushed her religious beliefs on them and retaliated when they complained.

The employees allege the employer played Christian music continuously in the office and, in one instance, reprimanded an employee for turning it off at the request of a patient. Further allegations reveal the dentist held morning prayer meetings with staff. The plaintiffs allege the meetings began as voluntary, but soon became mandatory.

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“Forget About It”

A former cast member of “Jersey Shore” alleges sexual harassment by coworkers. Does fame increase exposure to harassment? Weigh in.

A veteran of the reality television shows “Jersey Shore” and “Bachelor Pad” recently filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against her employer. After her appearances on reality TV, she began working at an upscale cigar bar in New York City, where she claims she experienced pervasive sexual harassment.

In the suit, the woman contends that coworkers groped her, propositioned her for sex, and requested suggestive pictures. She informed management about the harassment, but they did not respond to her complaint. She eventually quit her job because of her employer’s inaction.

Want to see the whole article? Please go to http://bit.ly/1VHzPcc at mccalmon.com.
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Workplace Distractions: How Do They Rate In Your Workplace?

A new survey lists workplace distractions. What distracts you the most?

Ask.com recently conducted a survey, asking employees to identify the biggest distractions in their workplaces. Here are the results from those surveyed:

61%: Loud co-workers63%: Working from home86%: Having to work with a team, rather than working alone40%: An unscheduled meeting
Finally, your workspace neighbor’s job title can also be a distraction. Thirty-eight percent of the responders said they would rather sit next to a colleague with annoying habits than next to the boss.

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