Today in Labor History: October 9
Retail stock brokerage Smith Barney reaches a tentative sexual harassment settlement with a group of female employees. The suit charged, among other things, that branch managers asked female workers to remove their tops in exchange for money and one office featured a “boom boom room” where women workers were encouraged to “entertain clients.” The settlement was never finalized: a U.S. District Court judge refused to approve the deal because it failed to adequately redress the plaintiff’s grievances – 1997
(Unwelcome and Unlawful: Sexual Harassment in the American Workplace: Nearly every American woman will, at some point during her working life, be sexually harassed, according to Raymond F. Gregory, a lawyer specializing in employment and discrimination law. Unwelcome and Unlawful provides up-to-date information for those victims as well as for those suffering same-sex harassment and for male victims of sexual harassment. Gregory analyzes sexual harassment from the perspective of existing federal law and describes the legal rights that may be asserted by victims of harassment to obtain either injunctive or monetary relief.)
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Labor Humor: The Shepherd’s Visitor
A shepherd was herding his flock in a remote pasture when, suddenly, a brand-new BMW sped toward him out of a dust cloud. The driver, wearing a hand-tailored suit, Gucci shoes, Ray-Ban sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the shepherd: “If I tell you exactly how many sheep you have in your flock, will you give me one of them?”
The man whipped out his iPad, called up a GPS satellite navigation system, scanned the area, and then opened up a database and an Excel spreadsheet with complex formulas. Finally, he printed out a 130-page report on his miniaturized printer, turned to the shepherd and said, “You have exactly 1,586 sheep.”
“That is correct; take one of the sheep,” said the shepherd, watching as the man selected one of the animals and bundled it into his BMW. The shepherd then asked: “If I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my animal?”
“OK, why not,” answered the man.
“Clearly,” said the shepherd, “you are a management consultant.”
“That’s correct,” said the astonished man. “But how did you guess?”
“No guessing required,” answered the shepherd. “You turned up here even though nobody called you. You want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked, and you don’t know crap about my business. Now give me back my sheep!”
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