Two lawyers who represent employees have responded to our request for comments made in our recent post entitled “Zero Tolerance” And “Broken Windows?”

And for the most part they are not that keen on the idea of a “zero tolerance” policy, for reasons which they describe below.  But they rightly note that the issues raised

A couple of early comments to our “Zero Tolerance” post earlier this week drew our attention because of the insights shared.  We think that these two comments can be a central point around which an educational discussion/debate can coalesce.

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Lisa Hutchin, Contractor – Labor Relations in Sacramento, CA:

“I think we can have

“Zero Tolerance” – is it an ambiguous term, we asked recently?   Is it a synonym for “non-thinking,” as one reader suggested?

Should it be reserved for serious violations?   Does “one size not fit all?”

New Racial Harassment Case

On October 4th, we posted about a new EEOC Title VII race and national origin harassment lawsuit has reported an interesting survey made by a UK employment law firm which analyzed the size of companies and the number of employees reporting discrimination issues.

It seems that their survey turned up the fact that  “10% of workers in companies with 50 staff or more face barriers due to their gender, compared to

Having taken a long weekend off, the writer has reached into his “Best Hits” collection to repurpose (i.e., copy almost verbatim) the following golden oldie.

Everyone loves lists.  Although not everything is reducible to a simple list, nonetheless here is a good working list of ten tips to lower your risk of being

Is "Zero Tolerance" an ambiguous term, we asked recently?  We did not anticipate the reactions which we received — some were hostile to the very notion of "zero tolerance," some found it lacked due process elements, and others found that it could cause unanticipated problems in the workplace. 


Here is a sample of four reader reactions:


"Zero tolerance" as to workplace harassment is a mantra we preach often, and have never thought that it could be considered controversial in any way.  However, one reader made us think, stating that although he agrees with the "the concept of zero tolerance in theory," nonetheless he "never knows exactly what it means. I’m afraid it’s an unworkable concept, misleading

Our recent post about whether the workplace might be well served by applying the "Broken Windows Theory" to acts of harassment has, happily, brought forth a torrent of useful comments from readers who are HR professionals.   Since we think that this discussion is important, we re-print four sample comments below.    


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