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L. Camille Hébert Media Hits
The following is a list of selected media coverage for L. Camille Hébert. The links below will direct you to sites that are not affiliated with the Moritz College of Law. They are subject to change, and some may expire or require registration as time passes.
Professor Camille Hebert, an employment-law expert at Ohio State University, was quoted in a Columbus Dispatch article on Bob Evans' overtime lawsuits.
“It’s not a new issue at all,” Hebert said. “Lots and lots (of companies) have been sued because it happens a lot. It’s very case by case.”
Professor L. Camille Hébert was quoted in an article on WKSU about the legality of private sector employers forcing employees to display or proclaim political endorsements at work, whether they support a certain candidate or not. Hébert said while it is legal for employers to have workers wear t-shirts or appear at political events, there have been cases where employees fired for refusing to comply with such requests have taken legal action against them for it.
“You could have the argument that discharging someone for their political beliefs -- or their failure to adopt the employer’s political beliefs -- would be a violation of public policy. But generally those claims haven’t been very successful in Ohio.”
Professor Camille Hébert was quoted on an OSU Lantern article about a decrease in workplace discrimination and harassment charges in Ohio workplaces in 2013.
“The charges are not going to capture the extent of harassment that occurs in the workplace because a relatively small amount of people actually file charges,” said Hébert, who specializes in areas including sexual harassment, employment discrimination and labor and employment. “Empirical evidence actually shows that most people who are harassed don’t even make an informal complaint.”
Professor Camille Hebert was interviewed by Al Jazeera for a story about the compnay CIGNA preparing to insitute a policy that would test job applicants for smoking or chewing tobacco. Some states have laws protecting smokers leading some to believe the policy could face legal challenges.
"The question is whether you can engage in lawful activity off duty without your employer saying that you don't have a right to do so," Hebert said. "A nationwide company is going to have to tailor its policies to the particular states because there are states in which this would be unlawful."
Professor Camille Hébert was quoted in The Lantern in an article discussing the legality of employers requesting their employees' Facebook login information.
Hébert said that while the law is "always, always" behind on technology and a ruling may not be made any time soon, she believes it is unethical for employers to ask for that type of information.
“Most employers have no business to ask,” she said.
Professor Camille Hebert was quoted in an ABC News article regarding what behaviors are considered sexual harassment. The article especially drew attention to Herman Cain, republican presidential candidate. Hebert was cited saying too much emphasis is put on legal definitions of sexual harassment because courts won’t act on sexual harassment claims unless they involve “actionable” behaviors.
Hebert said, “I always say, sort of jokingly, if you weren’t doing it in front of your mother, you shouldn’t’ do it. If it’s behavior that you have to go, ‘I wonder if this is OK,” the answer has to be no.”
Professor Camille Hebert was quoted in a Channel 10 piece about a woman who stated she was fired for not recovering from surgery fast enough. Camille Hébert, who teaches employment law at The Ohio State University, said employers have a lot of freedom in Ohio. "Generally the rule in Ohio, as in most places, is what's called employment at will." said Hebert, "You can fire an employee anytime, for any reason."
Professor L. Camille Hébert was quoted in a Toledo Blade story regarding an Ohio commission that has begun investigating sexual harassment claims at a Toledo Jeep plant. The story states: “L. Camille Hébert, a professor of law at Ohio State University who specializes in employment law and discrimination cases, said she wasn't specifically aware of the issues at Toledo Jeep, but said the overall number of allegations in recent years ‘suggests that something's going on’ within a population the size of Jeep's approximately 3,500 workers.
In this Toledo Blade article on Issue 2, Professor L. Camille Hébert characterized the opposition's privacy claims as "disingenuous." "It doesn't mean that an interested person is some stranger off the street," she said. "'Interested person' has a legal meaning. It's someone who has a legal right and interest. I don't really believe that the result will be a lot of private information floating around out there, certainly not more than is already available in certain public records."
Professor L. Camille Hebert is quoted in this Law.com article on Title VII. Hebert said that the test the court would use to determine the validity of a Title VII claim is the same as the one the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals used in the Sidley Austin decision and that the U.S. Supreme Court used in another case. "I think what the court ultimately is saying is that the bigger you are, the less you look like what we think of as a traditional partnership," Hebert said.