You will have a job . . . it may be as my mistress, but you will have a job

How do you lose a sexual harassment case if you are an Oklahoma employer?

Consider the pathway paved by the supervisor in this post:

A supervisor actually wrote the line in the title in an email to a woman he was supervising, as the woman was preparing to take medical leave to have surgery.  I came across this email while working on employment discrimination case.  Imagine that, an employer with a supervisor like this one getting sued for employment discrimination!?!  It happened, I defended the employer.   Here is the full email exchange:

Female Employee: Just reminding you I will be gone from tomorrow through the 14th, on medical leave.  I know I will be missed J  Hope I have a job when I come back!

Supervisor: You will have a job when you come back . . . it may be as my mistress, but you will have a job.

This exchange teaches two lessons:

  1. Don’t write anything you would be embarrassed for your wife, husband, mother to read.
  2. If you must write it, remember it could be read in court some day or even worse be published to the world through the Web.
Posted by Shawn Roberts in Blogposts, Oklahoma Employment Law

Buying your competitor’s business name in Google’s AdWords: Shady Practice or Smart Competition?

This seemed like a simple question to me when I started to look at it for a client:  Of course one cannot buy one’s competitor’s name in Google’s AdWords, that would violate several laws and be confusing to consumers.  However, what I discovered was unsettled legal issues and different scenarios where purchasing a competitor’s name might be acceptable.  Some of my thoughts, in audio format, are below.

Posted by Shawn Roberts in Blogposts

A plethora of Microsoft Windows tips and tricks!

Paul Thurrott is a longtime writer and editor covering all things Microsoft, including the Windows operating system, Microsoft Office, Windows Mobile, the Zune and much more.  He maintains several websites, including www.winsupersite.com.  Paul participates in a podcast each on Leo LaPorte’s TWIT Network called “Windows Weekly”.  During the show, Paul gives out Windows and tips and tricks.  Over time, all these Windows “nuggets” have accumulated and posted, along with the podcast on Paul’s SuperSite for Windows.

I think you would enjoy listening to or watching the podcast, but even if you do not listen, you can access of all these Windows tips and tricks by just visiting the Windows Weekly Podcast website.  Some the recent tips and features include:

Posted by Shawn Roberts in Blogposts

Definition of a podcast.

A podcast is a digital media file(s) (either audio or video) that is subscribable, released episodically and often downloaded through web syndication (RSS). From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcast.

You can listen to a podcast on your portable media player (iPod, iPhone, Zune, other MP3 player), your computer and many other devices.  You can get podcasts through software, like iTunes (which will download the newest episodes automatically) or on your computer or listen to them directly from Web.  See some of the podcasts I listen to, maintained in iTunes, below:

iTunes Screenshot

iTunes Screenshot

Posted by Shawn Roberts in Blogposts

Do you have your social media policy in place?

With the rise of social media, if you have not dealt with it in your business, you likely will be dealing with it at some point in the near future.

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audio technica ATR3350 lapel microphone tests

This is a few test videos using the audio technica ATR3350 lavalier microphone (lapel), plugged into the Kodak Zi8 HD camcorder and comparing that audio to the Zi8’s built in microphone.  If your interested in approving the sound quality of a camera with an audio “in” jack this relatively inexpensive lapel microphone is worth a try. ATR3350

Posted by Shawn Roberts in Blogposts