Don’t forget your b.s. meter when conducting workplace investigations

Posted on 09-21-2016 by
Tags: Voting , LIT , Election , Labor & Employment

By now, you’ve likely heard about the plagiarism flap that has embroiled the GOP following Melania Trump’s Monday-night convention speech.

In case you missed it, Melania Trump (or her speechwriter) is accused of copying parts of Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech for Mrs. Trump’s 2016 oration.

Decide for yourself:
For its part, the Trump campaign has officially denied the allegations of plagiarism as “aburd,” while its high-profile surrogates have suggested that a mere seven-percent rate of identity does not count as plagiarism.

As for me, I think that anyone who watches both speeches and concludes the Mrs. Trump’s writer did not crib Mrs. Obama’s speech can only be a shill for the Trump campaign. And I’m not trying to politicize this issue; it’s just that obvious. Any denial of plagiarism simply fails the b.s. test. 
Here’s the employment-law takeaway: when you are assessing credibility—for example, during a harassment or other workplace investigation—you do not check your common sense at the door. In fact, common sense serves as your best friend. Anyone who watched the above video can only reach the conclusion that someone copied Mrs. Obama’s speech for Mrs. Trump. To argue any differently borders on the ludicrous

Do not ignore your common sense. In fact, your b.s. meter very well might be your best ally in dealing with workplace issues.
 Written by Jon Hyman, a partner in the Labor & Employment group of Meyers Roman Friedberg & LewisFor more information, contact Jon at (216) 831-0042, ext. 140 or Connect with me on TwitterLinkedIn, and Facebook.
Jon is admitted to practice in the State of Ohio, in addition to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Ohio, Southern District of Ohio, the Northern District of Oklahoma, and Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio.He is a 1997 honors graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a 1994 honors graduate of Binghamton University.

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