|Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer|
Monday, July 19, 2010
When "Sabotgage" Becomes Illegal
What prompted the chain of thought that led to this post was this article from the Official Wire, California Pizza Kitchen Sued By Former Employee For Harassment And Sabotage Due To Sexual Orientation.
The connection to anti-bullying legislation? Sabotage at work is one of those ills that the statute is designed to protect against. A brochure supporting the Healthy Workplace Bill, includes this definition of bullying:
And what kind of allegations might we see in such "sabotage" cases?
Well according to the harassed pizza employee Kenneth Abramowitz it was a homophobic kitchen manager who:
While I don't want to minimize the problem, and here the verbal abuse might make this a case that would seem actionable, I have griped about slow food service too many times myself to think that it should give rise to a cause of action.
I don't think there is a disagreement that the workplace should be more civil, but adding another layer of legislation is surely not the only way to get there.
He keeps saying and saying and saying .....