How Not To Be A "Horrible Boss": A defense litigator's perspective


The dark comedy “Horrible Bosses” opens nationwide this weekend. The film’s trailer highlights Colin Farrell’s character directing a subordinate to “trim the fat” by firing all “the fat people.” The other two bosses – played by Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey – are equally despicable.

This may make for good cinema, but employment defense attorneys rarely see such blatant expressions of bad intent. Most supervisors are well aware that it is illegal to discriminate against employees based on protected characteristics (which in some states include weight). Nonetheless, communication problems that occur every day make employment defense attorneys cringe.

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