Melissa Goodman in Human Resource Executive Online: Facing a Reboot to Critical HR Process

05/30/2014


While it may sound more like a soap opera than reality, there was nothing fictional about the Texas jury verdict that earlier this month awarded $11.6 million to an ex-Microsoft top sales performer, after what turned out to be a supervisor-induced false sexual harassment claim led to bad reviews, a demotion and eventual resignation...

While the case is complex, and almost beyond belief, employment lawyers say it’s obvious a key HR process was not working the way it should...

Melissa Goodman, a partner in Haynes and Boone, LLP's Dallas office, and former head of the firm’s labor and employment group, also use the term "outlier" to describe this case.

"It looks like a scenario where the right people were not informed," she says. "You will see times where the corporation learns about situations they were not made aware of early enough. For example, a report is not escalated."

"What I don’t understand is the allegations that all those managers were also involved in trying to derail someone and the made-up complaint of sexual harassment," she says. "Clearly, some allegation made the jury very mad. They believed that some of the employees were intentionally to trying to sabotage the plaintiff." 

Excerpted from Human Resource Executive Online, May 30, 2014. To view full article, click here.

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