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This week’s focus: hostile work environments
The issue facing the Miami Dolphins over Richie Incognito and his abuse of teammate Jonathan Martin is a clear case of a hostile work environment. Of course, there are some on the team who would offer that Jonathan Martin should just “man up.” I argue Jonathan Martin “manned up” when he raised the issue publicly. I applaud his courage.
A few months ago, I heard from a very credible person that he and others left a Fortune 50 company due to a hostile work environment. He can’t believe how happy he is now that he is out of harm’s way. My niece suffered similarly in the health care industry. She has moved on to a new opportunity and is doing exceedingly well there.
The U.S. Senate passed the ENDA, The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, legislation proposed in the United States Congress that would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by employers with at least 15 employees. The Republican-led House of Representatives may never allow this legislation to come to a vote.
The 21st century needs to be about eliminating hostile work environments. If we can just get the Republican-led House of Representatives to join the effort to support ENDA legislation, we’ll be moving towards this important goal.
Thought for the week:
Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com
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