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June 2018 Archives

Is my company protecting my biometric information?

Science fiction becomes reality in fits and starts, and part of it is already here in the form of biometric data. In place of passwords and badges, some companies are starting to use employee fingerprints, voiceprints, retinal scans, and hand or face scans to grant access to certain data and facilities. The security benefits to the company are significant, since it’s hard to replicate biometric markers. Equally significant, however, are the privacy risks to the employees. If someone steals your password, you can just change it. If someone steals your fingerprints, you’re in a lot more trouble. Employees need to know what their rights are as biometric data collection becomes more common.

Some people never learn

Wisconsin and Iowa share not only a border, but some cultural struggles as well. In both places, efforts have been made in businesses large and small, as well as in government, to educate people about appropriate behavior in the workplace. Unfortunately, the messages don’t always get through.

A shift in the Wisconsin employment law landscape?

While some Milwaukee employers were undoubtedly cheered by a recent Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision, some employment law attorneys encourage employers to regardless be cautious. The court held in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc. that employers can deny a leave of absence as an accommodation for a disability.

What can you do if you are sexually harassed at work?

You are a hard-working woman. Each morning you go to work with a great attitude, ready for the day ahead. Unfortunately, that peace and joy you feel are destroyed once your male supervisor brushes against your buttocks with his hand. What is going on? Why is he doing that? “That is so inappropriate,” you think.

Part 1: Remembering a landmark Wisconsin sexual harassment case

The #MeToo movement surged into the national consciousness in October of last year. Women across the nation have since then made clear on social media that sexual harassment in the workplace is a pervasive problem that in one way or another affects all of us. But the genesis of the movement happened long before Harvey Weinstein’s misdeeds came to light.

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