Hiring & Firing Retaliation

Hiring & Firing refers to the process of recruiting, interviewing and offering employment and the process of evaluating performance and dismissing employees. Hiring & Firing is a highly regulated area and... more +
Hiring & Firing refers to the process of recruiting, interviewing and offering employment and the process of evaluating performance and dismissing employees. Hiring & Firing is a highly regulated area and can create tremendous liability for employers who fail to properly adhere to acceptable employment practices. Some of the potential pitfalls in this area stem from discriminatory hiring practices, improper performance evaluations, and retaliatory firings.  less -
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Job Applicant Was Rejected Due to Dishonesty, Not Prior Lawsuit, Says Sixth Circuit

On April 8, 2016, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a judgment in favor of an employer in Hance v. BNSF Railway Company, a failure-to-hire retaliation case brought under the Uniformed Services Employment and...more

Employment Law Letter - Spring 2016

Will Smoking Pot on the Job Get You Fired? You’d think that would be a slam dunk question, but if you’re a state employee whose union is willing to take your case to an arbitrator, apparently it isn’t. Back in 2012,...more

Restaurant Forced to Rehire Employees Who Insinuated Food was Germ-Infested - Section 7 of the NLRA Guarantees Workers the Right...

The Jimmy John's sandwich franchise must have been surprised to learn that it had violated federal labor law when it disciplined employees who had posted hundreds of signs around its outlets suggesting that its sandwiches...more

Employee terminated despite manual’s assurances against retaliation

It is often said that “a promise is a promise,” but what does that adage mean? A promise is a statement or declaration that a person will or will not do something. In most cases, a promise is not enforceable under the law...more

ARB Rejects SOX Claim of Employee Who Threatened Co-Worker

On February 18, 2016, the ARB dismissed a former employee’s whistleblower retaliation claim under Section 806 of SOX, concluding that he failed to show that his protected activity contributed to the decision to terminate his...more

Supreme Judicial Court Reinstates Jury Verdict for Former Employee on FMLA Retaliation Claim

Last week’s Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) decision in Esler v. Sylvia-Reardon serves as an important reminder of the potential scope of employees’ rights under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)....more

The Employment Law Authority - January/February 2016

A federal appellate court recently held that an employer did not violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act when it discharged an employee shortly after she informed her manager that she was pregnant. According to the Fifth...more

Promoting Workplace Diversity in Times of Trouble

The population in the United States – and by extension, the workforce – is becoming increasingly diverse. According to projections from the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2044, racial and ethnic minorities will be the majority in the...more

Encouraging Employee Complaints. Yes, We’re Serious.

Last Friday, a Yelp employee posted an open letter to her CEO, describing how her customer service job in San Francisco does not pay enough to allow her to buy groceries or see a doctor. Within 24 hours of posting the letter...more

Firing someone returning from leave

Taking action against an employee after they return from a Family and Medical Leave Act absence can expose an employer to claims of FMLA retaliation. But sometimes it takes an employee’s absence to learn about that employee’s...more

Eye-Popping Verdict For “The Little Guy” Against Wal-Mart

Last week, a federal jury (after only 3 hours of deliberation) awarded a Walmart female pharmacist... wait for it... $31 MILLION! Maureen McPadden, a 13-year Wal-Mart pharmacist, brought an action alleging retaliatory...more

Where Have You Gone Dennis Kozlowski? Third Circuit Dismisses Tyco Employee’s Whistleblower Claim Over Excessive Corporate...

On February 2, 2016, the Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a long-running SOX whistleblower suit filed by Jeffrey Wiest, a former accounts payable manager for Tyco Electronics. The decision is the first in which the...more

“Presumptive remedy” for retaliatory discharge under OHSA is reinstatement of employee, OLRB states

Where an employer fires an employee for raising safety concerns, the employee will generally be entitled to reinstatement, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has stated. The case involved a restaurant employee who sent...more

Managing FMLA Fraud: Avoid Negative Commentary

This last post in our three-part series on managing FMLA fraud is about how negative commentary – including emails with smiley face emoticons – can subvert an effort to show that a termination decision was based on an honest...more

Was Whistleblowing a Reason for Firing or the Reason?

The outcome of a physician whistleblower’s retaliation claim against his former medical group turns on the question whether whistleblowing was a reason or the reason he was fired. If it was a reason, he loses. If it was the...more

Managing FMLA Fraud: Investigate, Don’t Assume

Continuing our three-part series on managing FMLA fraud, this post addresses the importance of conducting a reasonable investigation, prior to taking adverse action, to develop a supportable “honest belief” of FMLA...more

First Circuit Decision Serves as Good Reminder that the Passing of Title VII Limitations Period Does Not Mean Employers are Off...

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently reinstated race discrimination and retaliation claims that had dismissed by a state administrative agency and the United States District Court in...more

Labor and Employment Group News: Retaliation Claims Difficult to Defend

A recent judgment in the United States District Court in Connecticut of over Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($502,402.05) illustrates the difficulties involved in defending retaliation claims. Summerlin v. Almost Family, Inc.,...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: December 2015 #4

Last week was a big one for the EEOC. Among other things, the agency initiated a lawsuit against McDonald’s Corporate and a Missouri franchisee because the franchisee refused to provide a deaf applicant a sign language...more

Court rules informal complaint about overtime could be basis of FLSA retaliation claim

The number of overtime and minimum wage claims against employers under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) continues to rise, and with that rise comes the risk of FLSA retaliation claims. As a new case from the Tenth Circuit...more

A Non-Material Threat

In Brandon v. Sage Corp., No. 14-51320 (5th Cir. Dec. 10, 2015), the Fifth Circuit addressed whether a threat to cut a supervisor’s pay in half was, by itself, a “materially adverse employment action.” The plaintiff was a...more

As The Rotunda Turns . . . Affair, Coverup, Retaliation — And Lawsuit Against State House

You may have heard about the two Tea Party legislators in Michigan who were having an affair, engaged in a bizarre cover-up that failed, had to resign/were expelled, and then lost their election bids to get their seats back....more

Lloyd Dobler’s View of Job Responsibilities Can’t Defeat Garcetti Defense

A cursory Google search reveals that this 25 year old quote still resonates with much affection. But what may be deemed a charming lack of ambition from a teenaged movie character can be the death knell of a First Amendment...more

Refusal to Allow Employee to Rescind Resignation May Violate Title VII

In general, once an employee tenders his or her notice of resignation, the employer is under no legal obligation to rescind acceptance of the notice. Last month, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals cast doubt on this rule by...more

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