Friday, November 11, 2011

Bad Christmas Card Idea - COTW #66

I know, I know - it's way too early to start thinking about Christmas. But when I see a good Case of the Week pop up, I can't wait until after Thanksgiving just to be seasonal!

So, employers, what do you get the employee on your list who has everything? Beats me. But, I can tell you what you don't get him - a picture of Santa Claus in KKK gear, holding a noose, standing in front of a burning cross, wishing the employee a "White Christmas."

Not surprisingly, the employer who allegedly did send such season's greetings now faces a lawsuit. In an interview, one of the employees described his reaction: "It scared me, because I have a wife; I took it as a threat, that they were saying they're trying to kill me."

You can read more here, including a video showing the offending image and interviews with the plaintiffs. I have embedded the video below (may not display for email subscribers - click here to view online):




HT: Donna Ballman (@employeeatty) via Twitter.

Posted by Philip Miles, an attorney with McQuaide Blasko in State College, Pennsylvania in the firm's civil litigation and labor and employment law practice groups.