Reputation v. Character – Why that question matters in employment law.

John Wooden, one of the greatest coaches of all time, was famously quoted saying that “your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”  Often times companies and individuals running those companies are obsessed with their “reputation.”  They spend substantial amounts of money and time cultivating an image for public consumption, however, behind closed doors when no one is looking they act in a much different manner.  They are focused on building a reputation rather than cultivating a culture of integrity within the organization. In almost every employment lawsuit, there is a clash between the perceived reputation of a business and its employees and the true culture of the workplace.  This conflict can cause companies to fire employees in retaliation for asserting valid claims of sexual harassment, race discrimination, or even whistleblowers.  It can also lead to pressure on…

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