Matt Breen said, "Veronica of Sioux City, Iowa asks, 'What are some important workplace etiquette tips to prevent a lawsuit?'"
Jeana Goosmann, Goosmann Law Firm said, "Respect of others is important. Employees should watch their language in the workplace. This is especially important when it comes to office e-mail."
Matt Breen asked, "With our freedom of speech, why should an employee be concerned about their language at work?"
Jeana Goosmann, Goosmann Law Firm said, "Discriminatory, or demeaning, phrases or words can lead to a lawsuit. That's especially true if there is proof, and witnesses.
Matt Breen asked, "What should we be cautious about when using work e-mail?"
Jeana Goosmann, Goosmann Law Firm said, "You should be cautious about talking about other employees in a negative manner. Even if you're joking around it's hard to take joking into context through e-mail. And, e-mail is forever. Don't forget that your work e-mail isn't private."
Matt Breen asked, "What are ways that managers can prevent this behavior?"
Jeana Goosmann, Goosmann Law Firm said, "Train your employees on respect, office etiquette, proper language, their behavior in e-mail. Managers can also perform regular reports, and get feedback.
Matt Breen asked, "If someone has a conflict at work, how should they go about resolving the issue?"
Jeana Goosmann, Goosmann Law Firm said, "Try resolving it with the individual. Then try taking it to a direct supervisor. After that, you can turn to "higher ups". If problem doesn't diminish seek an attorney for legal advice."
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