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Coming up on Connections: Friday, October 22

Shamseer Sureach Kumar

First hour: How much legal access do employers have to workers' emails?

Second hour: Discussing how to treat depression and pandemic and seasonal-related mental health concernsLas Vegas Raiders football coach Jon Gruden resigned last week after the New York Times reported on emails he sent in which he made homophobic and misogynistic comments. This came after racist statements Gruden made about a union leader. Some of the emails were sent from his private account. Guest host Scott Fybush leads a conversation in which we discuss just how much employers have legal access to when it comes to workers' emails, whether from company accounts or private accounts. What about other work communication? And we explore the claims of Gruden's supporters, who say that these comments were made long enough ago not to matter anymore. Our guests:

  • Justin Cordello, employment law attorney with Cordello Law PLLC
  • Sharon Stiller, partner and director of the employment law practice at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP
  • Chris Thompson, engineer, activist, and comedian

Then in our second hour, according to new research, the number of people struggling with depression is up due to the pandemic. A study published in The Lancet Regional Health-Americas shows that the rise in rates due to COVID is worse than those associated with other large-scale traumatic events like severe weather or terrorist attacks. What do the experts recommend for people struggling with mental health concerns, specifically depression? Guest host Scott Fybush explores that question with our guests:

  • Eric Caine, M.D., former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Melanie Funchess, mental health advocate, and member of the Greater Rochester Black Agenda Group and the Black Healers Network.
  • Jerome Stiller, owner of Thrive Health and Wellness LLC, and In Our Own Voices presenter for the National Alliance on Mental Illness
You'll hear Scott in various capacities on WXXI either as a reporter, or hosting Morning Edition or All Things Considered.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.