EEOC Settlements Last Quarter

Employer pays $150,000 for wanting one hair follicle instead of another.  What about the one-armed trucker?  A wellness plan sickened employer, and what’s the $1.9 million “Rosebud” mystery?  I report these stories plus summarize all 32 resolutions announced by the… Continue Reading

Disco-Mediation: Tool for Smaller Claims and Shallow Pockets

“I never let the parties see each other, much less be in the same room,” said one of the best settlement judges.  Separation avoids the risk of a blow up.  It also limits the possibilities of mediation.  Sometimes, same-room mediation… Continue Reading

De-escalating Conflict Through Respectful Communication: 11 Quotations to keep us on track.

De-escalation of conflict is important in mediation and in society.  We can do much simply by treating respectfully those with whom disagree. It is hard.  Often, I want to strike back verbally when I read words that run counter to… Continue Reading

Trauma Informed Mediation: Helping Distressed People in Mediation.

Mediation is a people occupation.  The best mediators quickly evaluate who is in the room and adapt.  Communication with cool, seasoned pros must differ from our interaction with people who are under the influence of significant distress. Yesterday, I attended… Continue Reading

EEOC Settlements Last Quarter

Was $7.6 million for near slavery the largest resolution announced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last quarter? No. A strictly enforced medical leave policy cost Lowe’s $8.6 million. A 45-year-old case settles another chapter, plus things that caught my… Continue Reading

Still Time to Talk Before Suing Your Doctor? Oregon Law halts the Statute of Limitations for Some Situations.

Caller:  I think my doctor or hospital committed malpractice. Attorney:  When where you treated, and when did you first think there might be malpractice? Caller:  2014, sometime.  I think July or August. With Oregon’s two-year statute of limitations,* what’s an… Continue Reading

EEOC Resolutions Announced Last Quarter.

GINA, transgender employees, methadone use, and a temporary restraining order prohibiting retaliation during litigation are among the issues raised in cases resolved by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last quarter. As usual, I’ll highlight the cases that struck me and… Continue Reading