In between celebrating with family my son's 16th birthday and campaigning, I had some very interesting and encouraging conversations today, and am feeling good. If I should be fortunate enough to win this election, I will not get comfortably because I realize that there will be another one right around the corner. But, I will be ready on day one, because I am preparing now, getting ducks in a row.
While on a personal level, I had some very good news, I was disappointed about what was going on with someone I know in the law enforcement arena - a good man, put in an awkward position by his superior. That's all I can say about that.
Someone asked me today about civil liberties. I am not a lawyer, but I think I'm right on this. There is a difference between civil rights and civil liberties. The term "civil rights" refers to protections from discrimination and other forms of unequal treatment on the basis of national origin, race, gender, etc. Civil rights also include freedom from cruel or excessive force by police officers. "Civil liberties" are more about rights and freedoms that are guaranteed - speech, privacy, fair trial, vote, etc. We, as law enforcement professionals are put to the test all the time. Every interaction we have with the public can be scrutinized and therefore, must be absolutely within these laws.
A law that really relates to the employer/employee relationship is with EEOC, and employers have to be very careful about these laws, lest they get caught up in lawsuits. For instance, harassment in the workplace can take the form of many things -offensive jokes, slurs, name calling, physical assaults or threats, intimidation, ridicule, insults or put-downs, etc. And the harasser can be the supervisor, the boss, or a co-worker. And what's more, the person filing the suit isn't always the victim, but may be the person who feels that the harassment causes a bad workplace environment. It only takes one person who is offended or feels uncomfortable because of the harassment of others to make a case.
It's not that easy being the boss, but if you make yourself familiar with all the laws, including the laws related to the workplace, and you train everyone, you (and they) will be less likely to screw up! An organization that is complacent and sloppy on this issue is only one minute away from a potential lawsuit.