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Off-Color Jokes Get Two People Fired


Off-Color Jokes Get Two People Fired

HR Law: Do you know what mistakes got these people fired?

A woman is attending a general session at a conference. The audience is predominantly male. The woman hears two men sitting behind her make jokes about “big dongles” and “forking the repo.” Woman snaps a photo of the two men with her smartphone camera, posts that picture on her Twitter account (approximately 14,000 followers), and says: “Not cool. Jokes about forking repos in a sexual way and ‘big’ dongles. Right behind me.”

Eventually, two people are fired by their employers. And one of them is probably not who you think.

In my April post titled: “Lessons About Forking and Big Dongle Jokes” I make some legal sense about this real-life situation that has caught the attention of employees, employers, hackers, and even Anonymous. You can also catch-up and read all my other posts about Social Media and Employment Law at Windmill Networking (Now MaximizeSocialBusiness.com).

Helping Other Solo and Small Law Firms


Helping Other Solo and Small Law Firms

Small law firms can provide a great value to their clients.

I had the pleasure of moderating and participating on a panel yesterday regarding becoming a solo practitioner. The discussion was focused on starting out, malpractice insurance issues, fee agreements and engagement letters, client communications, and many other interesting topics and obstacles (real or perceived) to going solo.

It was a great opportunity to hear about some of the ups and downs others have faced, and to discuss resources for small firms/solos. And, it was refreshing to be reminded about how the solo network can really provide much more value to clients than the traditional large firm/large fee structure.

This panel was the fourth in a series of Law Practice Management presentations sponsored by the Contra Costa County Bar Association. The next, and final gathering is set for October 16, 2012 titled “Business Etiquette For Success” and will include wine and appetizers!