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Managing in a Media Frenzy

July 15, 2011
Related Topics: Strategy and Management

Even though, her name is sealed and not released by the courts, 60-year-old Juror No. 12, from the Casey Anthony trial, has fled Florida fearing for her life after receiving threats, according to her husband.

She left her job at Publix Grocery Store after fearing her co-workers would “want her head on a platter,” her husband told NBC News.

It’s an uncommon situation, but not exactly unheard of given the O.J. Simpson trial in 1995. A juror from that trial told USA Today that based on her own experience the jurors will most likely be confronted by family, neighbors and co-workers.

"For the first year, I had to hear O.J.'s name every single day," the juror, Yolanda Crawford, told USA Today. She said people asked her: "What were you thinking? What's wrong with you? Why did you do it?"

If an employee was thrown into the media spotlight, how should management handle it? Should policy be communicated to all employees to ensure a welcoming work environment upon their return?

Serving on a jury is a civic duty; certainly, both of these women didn’t ask to be chosen for their respective trials. Some employers make sure their employees are still paid during this duty, but beyond compensation is the right to a level of comfort and safety while at work.

How far should and can a manager go in this kind of situation?

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