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Jokes Now are Not Considered Jokes Later

Feb 08, 2023

I once represented a company that operated like a frat house. They allowed name calling, slaps on the buttocks in the hallway and vulgar gestures because everyone went along with it and everyone thought it was funny. The owner of the company claimed to not have knowledge.

Guess what happened?

One of the employees wasn’t meeting his monthly quota and was fired.

The terminated employee claimed discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Others ended up coming forward and making similar claims.

This type of behavior often takes place in restaurants, sporting event companies and the hospitality industry in general.

Even if “everyone knows they are joking” or “it’s not a big deal” it won’t necessarily seem so harmless when presented to a jury.

Is your management team contributing to this behavior? Do they know how to address it and put an end to it before it escalates into an EEOC Charge?

Cases like the one described above stems from the culture of your company and starts at the top. Proper manager training is key- not only to prevent lawsuits, but to protect the company reputation and encourage a positive work culture.

Schedule a consultation to discuss how you can implement practices within your company to limit liability from employee claims and create an overall more efficient, effective and enjoyable workplace.

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The Wannos Law Firm, P.A. provides legal advice to Florida businesses. Karly Wannos is a workplace investigator for claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, Florida employment law mediator and provides training to businesses on employment laws. 

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