Sexual harassment discharge upheld -- In a labor arbitration case brought by the IBEW in southern Illinois, an Arbitrator held that the Company had just cause to discharge an employee who spray painted on the parking lot the accusation that a fellow employee is gay. The Company handbook defined sexual harassment to include use of sexually offensive language. The Arbitrator held that the spray painted accusation was sexually offensive, and use of this language created an intimidating and hostile work environment for the fellow employee.
An interesting twist is that the Company argued the writing on the parking lot ("Leonard is Gay") violated the Illinois Hate Crime Statute. The Arbitrator agreed. The IBEW grievance was denied!
What was written on the back of the unnamed-publication clipping taped to my computer monitor when I got to work this morning:
THE FOLKS WHO BELIEVE THE WORLD OWES THEM A LIVING ARE LOSING!
UNION RED HOTS, MALINGERERS, MALCONTENTS AND WACKOS ARE TAKING IT ON THE CHIN.
What Lileks said to confuse me this morning:
Last night a neighbor’s house was burgled. While they were home. Sleeping. Money was taken from a purse. What’s the adequate sentence for the crime? Ten dollar or a hundred, it shouldn’t matter; what counts are the intangibles they take away, the feeling of safety in one’s home, of ordinariness. Of course I suppose these feelings will be deemed “privileged” by those who point out that people in bad neighborhoods have this happen to them all the time. True. But the people in poor neighborhoods who burgle are vcastly outnumbered by the percentage who do the burgling.
What I must shamefully admit this morning:
The new Town Hall redesign is pretty sharp-looking.
Luckily the content still sucks.