Hostile Work Environment with Marc and Dennis
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Are you an HR professional? A manager? Do you work at all with other people? Are you a person? If you answered yes to any of these, this is the podcast for you. Every week, employment lawyers Marc and Dennis delve into the world of Human Resources to find the most interesting, wacky, or downright bizarre stories of workplace shenanigans. They tell the stories, evaluate the cases, and skewer everyone (except victims) in the process. It's the funn(i)est HR podcast out there. Thanks to everyone who listens! Please leave a review, and submit any workplace stories you have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
||ExplicitEpisode 45 – I Hate Them and I Hope They All Burn||Marc and Dennis are coming to you from #ASHHRA18 in beautiful Pittsburgh PA! Why does the U.S. Women’s soccer team get paid a fourth of what the Men’s team gets paid, even though they are clearly way, way better?||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 44 – Work is Boring||Which is the more heinous offense: Using a bad pun on your name as a business name, or forcing your employees to attend bible study during working hours? Do your good intentions outweigh your employment law violations?||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 43 – Slavery: Still Bad||Here’s a topic we never thought we’d have to talk about: Slavery. Turns out human trafficking and indentured servitude still exists in the American Workplace (well, at least two workplaces in South Carolina and a Thai restaurant in Portland).||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 42 – Stupid and Lazy||Don’t you just hate it when the strippers you thought were properly classified turn out to be employees and sue you for unpaid overtime? What do you mean that’s never happened to you – you think you’re better than us, don’t you? Well,||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 41 – The Raving Racist Customer is Always Right||What should a hospital do when a patient insists on a female doctor? A Muslim therapist? A white nurse? Marc and Dennis break down the legal issues that arise when a customer demands service based on gender, religion or in some cases, race.||8/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 40 – C U Next Monday||We can’t advise strongly enough against posting revenge porn. Especially if you happen to be an airline pilot and you name your employer when you post it. But what is an employer to do? Find out what they shouldn’t do in this episode!||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 39 – When You Don’t Know the Law, Ask Google!||Since I’m a small employer, I can totally discriminate against people, right? Not so fast! Marc and Dennis talk about the importance of location, location, location when it comes to employment law compliance. Our first advertisement!||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 38 – Speak From Your Scars, Not From Your Open Wounds||I am writing to inform you that Marc has decided to leave the Hostile Work Environment to spend more time with his family, and Dennis has decided to leave to pursue other interests. (Just kidding — we’re here to stay.||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 37 – Dead People are Really Bad at Paying Their Bills||Marc and Dennis return to their favorite industry – funeral homes – to discuss a serious issue: What should you do when you find out the owner of the company is engaging in horrific sex harassment (which may or may not involve corpses)?||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 36 – Fire Pole||It’s hot out there, so some employees are making it hot in here by ignoring standards of appropriate dress! Like, can you wear the stars and bars to work? Can your boss make you wear high heels? How much thong is too much thong?||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 35 – The Dark Ages of Deoderant||Some people work for peanuts, other people won’t work in a workplace with peanuts — Marc and Dennis explore a disability lawsuit where peanuts figure quite prominently. Dennis tells an international tale with an interesting defense to a sex harassme||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 34 – Proofread and Don’t Shoot People||Holy punitive damages, Batman! Marc tells Dennis about the biggest employment case verdict in Massachusetts history. An FBI agent goes off half-cocked (not a euphemism). Trigger warning (no pun intended): penis tattoos figure heavily in today’s e||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 33 – Legal But Dumb||We begin with some practical (but certainly not legal) advice on how to intelligently conduct an equal pay audit without just opening your wallet to the class action lawyers. Marc and Dennis debate whether it is okay to fire your political opponent.||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 32 – Mountains and Mountains of Cocaine||It’s the All-Florida Episode! Where can you serve booze to your alcoholic employee, lock them out of the building, and then make them walk home so they get hit by a train? Florida! Where can you fire a deaf employee for talking too loud? Florida!||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 31 – The Hamslinger||When is it okay to discriminate against gay folks? (Hint: never.) When is it okay to call someone the C-Word? (Hint: never.) When is it okay to throw sizzling hot ham in a coworker’s face? (Hint: rarely.) We discuss these issues and more in this||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 30 – A Thousand Things to Get All Butthurt About||What do you do when you get fired because your boss tweeted some racist nonsense (and blames it on Ambien)? Marc and Dennis discuss whether the cast and crew of Roseanne have a claim against their twitter-happy star.||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 29 – Loud and Angry||Anyone can complain about sex harassment, but Marc and Dennis discuss more novel ways to take revenge on one’s handsy tormentor. Can MMA fighters unionize? And, what do you do when an executive “let’s it all hang out?”||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 28 – Ten Minutes of Scatological Wonder||An episode of nothing but bland filler as we wait for something interesting to happen in the world of employment law. We discuss: The merits of Canadian doughnut chains; Patrons throwing their fecal matter at employees (to be clear,||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 27 – Butt Download||When can you fire someone for their inappropriate behavior – that had nothing to do with work? What if they are the chair of a gigantic law firm? When can you use the job description cliche “other duties as may be assigned” to make someone photogr||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 26 – Fluids||Marc and Dennis take on the world of swearing at work. When can you tell the boss to go &$^%#! himself and still keep your job? Learn why referring to your workplace drama as “____gate” might get you into legal hot water.||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 25 – There’s Never Enough Buffet||Why is Marc’s office building such a historic location? What do buffet restaurant employees and college football players have in common? What is the law of butt dialing? (Thanks Eric Meyer!) What would we talk about without the Southern United States?||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 24 – She Makes Jello Salads||Marc and Dennis discuss the issues of the day: resume fraud, identity theft, wage theft, wine theft, underage drinking, sitting, standing and powerwashing. Not necessarily in that order. Twitter Facebook Contribute Leave us a review on iTunes!||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 23 – Flippin’ the Proverbial Bird||Can you really get fired for flipping the bird? What if you flip off POTUS’s motorcade? What if you work for a government contractor? What if you post a photo of you flipping off POTUS’s motorcade on Facebook and tell your boss about it?||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 22 – Hate to Break it to You, But I Think You’re an Anti-Semite||Marc and Dennis talk about Jewish Holidays, a clever segue into an epic tale of antisemitism, intolerance, the internet, poor choices, and lard pie crusts. They break down an equally epic live twitter stream of a workplace investigation. Finally,||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 21 – The Per Capita Strip Club Capital of North America||Dennis returns from trial. We discuss first day of law school scary stories. Marc asks when is a BFOQ really a BFOQ. A discussion of Hamilton. Marc totally name-drops Lin Manuel. Christian colleges discriminate in hiring.||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 19 – Don’t Throw the Feces of Deceased People in the Workplace||So, you think you have a crappy job? We’re willing to bet it’s not as crappy as this whisteblower’s job in a crematorium. (Warning-if the title of this episode creeps you out, you should really listen to whatever NPR is offering this week).||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 18 – The Nurse Capades on Ice||This one is for the recruiters! Marc and Dennis discuss several cases on how recruiters/employers get themselves into legal hot water with hiring. The DOL does an audit and uses math and statistics to bust someone for discrimination in hiring.||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 17 – One Boob Grab Gets the Whole Company Kicked Out||Our first of what is presumably many update episodes! The Supreme Court denied certiorari in Consol Energy v. EEOC, a case we discussed in Episode 1. This is the case where a coal miner employee was fired after objecting to using a hand ID scanner beca.||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 16 – A Crazy Sexist Pig||The show notes are pretty basic this week… First, our British prank story. And here’s some great advice about managing pranks in the workplace. Last, here’s some additional information about the sexist ALJ overturned by the NLRB for being a sexis||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 15 – Not Entirely Peaches and Cream||Many thanks to Suzanne Lucas, the Evil HR Lady for joining us! A new way to report workplace harassment and misconduct. No, not him. We mean this new chatbot, Talk to Spot! Last here are the two cases we discuss: Nelson v. James Knight, DDS Edwards v.||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14 – Santa Comes and Murders the Group with an Axe||Many thanks to our good friend Dan Schwartz of Shipman and Goodwin for joining us to discuss bad romance. His Connecticut Employment Law Blog is the grand-daddy gold standard of employment law blogs. F-M-L-A or Fem-La? Acronym vs. Initialism.||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13 – Clean the Trailer (While Wearing a French Maid’s Costume)||The case of Jennifer and Dan is Westendorf v. West Coast Contractors of Nevada, Inc. Our case of the vacationing FMLA non-abuser is Jones v. Gulf Coast Healthcare. Only two days left to buy HWE tees and mugs. Get them NOW. Patreon.||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 12 – So far outside the bounds of decency…||We discuss Ellingsworth v. Hartford Fire Insurance Company, and consider whether sexual orientation claims can be covered by federal discrimination laws. And, our esteemed Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, announced last year that the federal government||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 11 – Aquagirl||Hey hey peeps. First off, we sincerely apologize for the sound quality of this episode. We’re not sure what happened, but I suspect it has something to do with Dennis’s 1997 laptop with the Intel 386 processor. Now, I know that you love hot dogs.||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10 – I Mean Bombthrowing Figuratively, Of Course||Ann Fromholz joins us. She’s the bomb. Like, seriously. If you’re in California and need help, you should hire her. We discuss the Damore v. Google complaint. It has plenty of words, but actually feels more like a picture book.||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9 – Rainforest Fresh Completely Clashes with Spice Island||We discuss what may be the worst ADA claim ever — about body odor — from our friends Jon Hyman and Suzanne Lucas. Also, Oregon and New Jersey — Marc’s adopted and native states, respectively — each have plenty to be embarrassed about. Like ga||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 8 – Phallus, with Accoutrements||Steven was sued by Brenda for unpaid overtime, even though she never worked for him. So messed up. Oh, the wheel penis in the sky keeps on turning, don’t know where I’ll be tomorrrrrrow… (Who doesn’t love Journey?) Seriously,||1/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7 – Asbestos is Bestest||Everyone loves a Bad Santa. We have two for you… One is a department store Santa with a thing for his elven helpers. The other is a Santa who moonlights as a Navy Admiral with an unfortunate penchant for Fireball Whiskey.||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSpecial Episode 2 – How to Make Your Holiday Party Dull (Kate Bischoff)||Episode 6, in which HR advisor and employment lawyer Kate Bischoff of tHRive Law and Consulting joins us to discuss how manage risk at your holiday party without making it…not fun. If you don’t already, you need to go right now and follow her on Twi||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6 – Sans Underwear||True or false: — Punching your colleague at the work holiday party over a work disagreement is a good way to move your career forward. — To spruce up your holiday party, have it at a spa! — You should take photographs up the skirts of your two fem||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSpecial Episode 1 – The Worst Employer of 2017 (Jon Hyman)||To vote in the Worst Employer of 2017 contest, you can visit Jon Hyman’s Ohio Employer Law Blog (you really should check it out every day anyway), or go straight to the Survey Monkey poll. We’d also like to give a big shout of thanks to our first $||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5 — Either Brilliant, or the Most Reprehensible Thing Ever||Here’s the Washington Post article about the religious/sexual orientation discrimination case against the New Mexico State Aggies. Read more about the Barstool Sports employment agreement, and the controversy it has sparked. If you need a laugh,||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4 — Boston’s Blind Barber Barbers Blindly||Blind? Interested in a career in barbering? As this case will demonstrate, there is nothing to stop you, at least as long as you’re licensed. Sadly, the Simmons Mortuary School and Sex Harassmentorium is no more. Finally, PC load letter?||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3 — A Giant WHAT on the Screen||Shownotes If you want to learn more about pedophobia and how it has nothing to do with Alabama senatorial candidates, read this great case. Here’s Liz Ryan’s list of five cruel and unusual workplace rules to abolish. And,||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2 — Probably Not a Great Way To Instill Workplace Discipline||Here’s the yard sign spanking case. Enjoy the read! The Beheading of John the Baptist is the subject of much scholarly work. Read more on why biometric scanners are, in the belief of some coal miners, the work of Satan himself. And as usual,||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 1 — The Number of the Beast||As proof that we don’t just make this stuff up, click on the case, Hyatt v. Berry Plastics Corp., to see the actual complaint brought by Billy, the employee who did not want to wear the number 666 on his work attire. And for the Iron Maiden fans,||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 0 — The Whole World Wants to Hear Your Crazy||Episode 0 — The Whole World Wants to Hear Your Crazy — show notes! This episode has no substantive content. Dennis fabricates some listener questions about the podcast, and Marc answers them. Basically, we talked about how to: Contact us,||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
These two are amazing storytellers. Such a nice alternative to the typical interview. Keep up the great work. Can’t wait for more!
Best podcast since Serial!
Such humor and insight! Entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time. Marc and Dennis are awesome. Post more now!
Great to listen to
You can tell this podcast is going to be good from the outset. Broadcasters who know what they’re talking about and can tell a story.
Can’t wait for each podcast....