The “boy” sent flirtatious messages to Megan, but then abruptly changed to a very harsh tone, telling her “The world would be a better place without you.” After receiving that message, Megan hanged herself with a belt in her bedroom closet.According to prosecutors, the woman knew that Megan suffered from depression and was emotionally fragile.Although the space was at a major disadvantage being located below grade with no access to natural light, we worked to make it inviting through thoughtful programming and design.Lighting, white tile floors, and mirrors and other reflective materials give the cafeteria a bright, spacious feel, while multiple seating types and arrangements encourage a variety of uses; an adjacent conferencing center, composed of three rooms seating over 120 in total, further make the space a destination for both dining and business.When Hurricane Sandy hit Manhattan in October 2012, the cellar level of 85 Broad Street was completely flooded with water, destroying a cafeteria space our team had refreshed only a month before.After the clean-up, the building owner engaged us to not just renovate the cafeteria, but fully reposition it as an option for tenants on par with the nearby restaurants of Stone Street.A major USA Today article dated November 19, 2008, entitled “Bullying devastates lives,” and chronicled the sad stories of three women who experienced constant bullying in school – one for having red hair, one for being shy, and one for being “different.” The three women, now ranging in age from 28 to 52, continue to be affected by the bullying that they suffered in school.
She was so traumatized by the tormenting that she dropped out of school and is now pursuing independent study; the young woman “suffers so much that she could not be interviewed” for the article.Employee privacy issues have surged to the forefront of the business press in recent years, spurred on by changing workplace dynamics and a litigation-conscious business environment.Observers say that advances in telecommunications—such as e-mail and the Internet—coupled with heightened concerns about vulnerability to litigation, have exacerbated management concerns about monitoring employee behavior.(See, also, Pondering the Impact of Workplace Violence.) You may have read the very recent – and profoundly disturbing – headline about a Missouri woman who was found guilty of misdemeanor crimes in a “My Space” cyber-bullying case linked to a 13-year-old girl’s suicide.According to prosecutors, the woman conspired with her young daughter and a business associate to create a fictitious profile of a 16-year-old boy on My Space to harass Megan Meier, apparently in an effort to humiliate Megan for saying mean things about her daughter.If the answer is yes and the employer did not meet that expectation, then it may be held liable for invasion of privacy." He went on to delineate basic employer and employee rights in a variety of areas: An employer has the right to inspect personal belongings (bags, purses, briefcases, cars, lockers, desks, etc.), except when the employer has created a reasonable expectation of privacy.These expectations can be raised if the employee is given a key to a desk, or if the employer has disseminated a written policy explicitly stating that it will not make such inspections.The new cafeteria offers a wealth of dining choices for over 150 people at any given time.The servery is now equipped with a variety of stations dedicated to grilling, salads, hot foods, and sandwiches.Indeed, employee privacy is already fairly restricted in many respects in many of America's large corporations.Studies indicate that small business owners have increased their monitoring practices as well, and many experts expect that trend to continue in the near future.