Labor Letter - September 2011


In This Issue:

Two And A Half Lawsuits - Lessons Learned From The Charlie Sheen Litigation By Tamara Devitt (Los Angeles)

The recent termination of Charlie Sheen from “Two and a Half Men,” and the swirl of negative publicity around the incident, has shed light on the use of arbitration agreements. After he was fired, Sheen filed a $100 million lawsuit against Warner Bros. He wants the proceedings held in front of a jury rather than being privately adjudicated by an arbitrator as outlined in his Warner Bros. contract....

Not As Bad As We Feared - NLRB Issues Guidance On Social Media

By John McLachlan (San Francisco)

Earlier this year there was deep concern in the employer community because the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint against an employer who disciplined an employee for highly derogatory comments she made about a supervisor on her Facebook page. Questions about whether an employer had any right to respond to such comments without violating the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) were rampant. But three recent memos from the NLRB’s Office of General Counsel show that little has changed from the pre-Facebook analysis of the concept of “protected concerted activity.”

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