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Constructive dismissal in Canada

Several jurisdictions around the world permit claims for what is known as “constructive dismissal” or “constructive discharge”. In some cases those claims arise from statute and in others they arise under common law. This...more

Global Employment Lawyer Volume 2, Issue 1 - November/December 2015

Look out, beware—its holiday party season! According to a survey by Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., about 88 percent of companies in the US had holiday parties last year. That percentage has been hovering around 90...more

SCOTUS to Decide Filing Period for Constructive Discharge Claims

In its October 2015 term, the Supreme Court of the United States will settle a circuit split on the filing period for a constructive discharge claim. On April 27, 2015, the Supreme Court granted a petition for review of Green...more

ELL SCOTUS SERIES: # 1 – Green v. Brennan

As the Supreme Court of the United States begins their October 2015 term, the Employment Law Lookout Blog Team wanted to provide our readers with a preview (and then later a “post-view”) of the several cases being heard by...more

When Employee Models for Playgirl, Harassment May Be “Because of Sex”

Late last month, a federal court in Connecticut took another look at the prohibition of discrimination “because of sex” with a case that has all the elements of a “can you believe it” fact-pattern that will surely be used for...more

Something is Rotten at the Pork Roll Company … and it’s not the Pork Rolls: Flatulent Employee (and his Wife) Bring Claims for...

Is passing gas now protected by our anti-discrimination laws? Over the past several years, we have written extensively about the possibility of obesity discrimination lawsuits becoming the next wave of disability...more

What Should Employers Expect During The New Supreme Court Term?

The first Monday in October is the traditional first day of a new U.S. Supreme Court term.  As always, the 2015-16 term will have several cases that are of particular interest to the nation’s employers.  Here is a review of...more

Changes to Pay Structure in Lieu of Requested Accommodations May Violate ADA and FMLA

Employers that receive requests for accommodation made by a disabled employee must remain careful about making significant changes to that employee’s terms and conditions of employment prior to concluding review and...more

When Terminating An Employee, Is A Clean Break Better Than A Long Limbo?

If you have a poor performer, is it better to make a clean break and fire him, or is it better to prolong his (and your) agony? That is obviously a biased question, but some employers will do almost anything to avoid...more

Say What? An Employee Can Sue for Discriminatory Termination After Resigning?

The employee who causes you to lose sleep at night—you know, the poor performer with a worse attitude—saunters into your office Friday afternoon and QUITS. As she walks out the door with her belongings, you exhale a deep sigh...more

Think Fast: HR’s Prompt Investigation Key Factor in Sexual Harassment Case Win for Employer

A recent ruling from a Tennessee appeals court reinforces that a prompt and reasonable investigation can help save an employer from liability in response to sexual harassment charges....more

When A Parent Files For Bankruptcy Colleges May Forfeit Tuition Payments

While it is hard to imagine that a college or university could be forced to refund tuition paid years ago that enabled Student to receive a college education, this scenario is now playing out with increasing frequency. Many...more

Supreme Court to Decide When Limitations Period Begins Running for Constructive Discharge Discrimination Claims

Green v. Donahoe involves a Postal Service worker who alleges that he was forced to choose between retirement and a demotion and transfer to another position. The plaintiff quit several months after being given this choice,...more

Did He Quit, Or Was He Fired? Constructive Discharge Quiz!

Some employers really, really hate to fire employees. That doesn’t mean they won’t do it – but they’ll do just about anything to avoid calling it what it is....more

SCC Says Suspension with Pay can Amount to Constructive Dismissal

A non-unionized employee on an indefinite suspension with pay successfully claimed that he was constructively dismissed by his employer and was entitled to damages for wrongful dismissal. The case involved David Potter, an...more

"Employed" in Name Only – An Employer’s Duty to Provide Work

Will an employment contract be fundamentally changed if the employer stops assigning work? This was the question tackled by the Alberta Court of Appeal in its recent decision in Bonsma v Tesco Corporation, 2013 ABCA 367. ...more

SCC Revisits Constructive Dismissal in Potter v. New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission

On March 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) revisited and clarified the common law test for constructive dismissal in Potter v. New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission. ...more

Constructive Dismissal Claim Was Barred

In Colomar Mari v Reuters Ltd UKEAT/0539/13, the EAT considered whether an employee who had waited 18 months before resigning and accepted contractual sick pay during this period could claim constructive dismissal....more

Unpaid Company Director-Shareholder was an Employee

In Stack v Ajar-Tec Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 46, the Court of Appeal considered whether a director-shareholder, who performed work for a company without pay, was an employee....more

Virgin Islands Supreme Court Addresses Wrongful Discharge Act and Other Statutory Causes of Action

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands held that the Wrongful Discharge Act (WDA) provides a remedy not only when an individual is discharged or resigns under circumstances that are alleged to...more

California Employment Law Notes - January 2015

$300,000 In Punitive Damages Upheld In Sexual Harassment Case Despite Nominal Damages Award - State of Arizona v. ASARCO LLC, 2014 WL 6918577 (9th Cir. 2014) (en banc). Angela Aguilar who worked in a copper mine...more

Eighth Circuit: Custodian Failed to Establish Constructive Discharge Following Wife's Public Comments

A school custodian’s hours and work assignments were changed six days after his wife spoke about eliminating the superintendent’s position at a school board meeting about budgetary issues. The custodian’s reassignment...more

Employment Client Alert: Punitive Damages Award in Title VII Sexual Harassment Case Does Not Violate Due Process

In State of Arizona v. ASARCO LLC, WL 6918577, published December 10, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that an award of $300,000 in punitive damages did not violate due process even though no compensatory damages...more

Terminating Fixed-Term Contracts on Your Terms

The Court of Appeal of Alberta recently upheld a finding of constructive dismissal of an employee, who although paid to the end of his one year fixed-term contract, was not allowed to work during the final month of the...more

Employee's Fundamental Breach Was No Bar to Constructive Dismissal Claim

In Atkinson v Community Gateway Association UKEAT/0457/12, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether an employee in fundamental breach of his employment contract could still bring a constructive dismissal claim...more

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