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Quirky Question # 238, No Laughing Matter – Company Found Liable for Wrongfully Terminating Independent Contractor’s Agreement

Question: My company relies on independent contractors, over whom we don’t exert control. They often joke around with each other. I’m not liable for employment discrimination if I terminate one of them after they...more

No Laughing Matter: Company Found Liable for Wrongfully Terminating Independent Contractor’s Agreement after a Complaint about a...

Companies using independent contractors should be aware of increased enforcement efforts from federal and state labor and tax authorities over misclassification of workers under wage and hour and tax laws. In Washington, this...more

Tenth Circuit Addresses Circuit Split Regarding Accrual of Constructive Discharge Claims

On July 28, 2014, the Tenth Circuit joined the Seventh and D.C. Circuits in holding that some discriminatory act leading to an employee's constructive discharge claim must have occurred within the limitations period. The...more

NJ Appellate Courts Permit Employers to Shorten Statute of Limitations Period Through Employment Applications

A New Jersey Appellate Court recently held that a provision in an employment application shortening the statute of limitation from two years to six months was enforceable under New Jersey law. As a result, the employee’s...more

California Family Rights Act Interference Claims Proceed

Moore v. Century Gaming Management, Inc., No. B249978 (June 4, 2014): The California Court of Appeal recently ruled in an employee’s favor in a suit in which she claimed that her employer interfered with her rights under the...more

TERMINATION: Not a ‘team player’… or sex discrimination?

From time to time, employers discharge employees because they’re “not a good fit” or “not a team player.” While these may be perfectly good reasons for ending someone’s employment, be aware that in some situations courts or...more

Unauthorized Work Status Does Not Bar Discrimination Claims

In Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co., the California Supreme Court held that an undocumented worker who was wrongfully terminated in violation of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) may be awarded lost pay...more

California Supreme Court: "Illegal Immigrant Shouldn't Have Been Hired – But Can't Be Fired Illegally"

On June 26, 2014, the California Supreme Court decided that an employee may proceed with a discrimination lawsuit even though he presented false work authorization documents to obtain employment in the first place....more

Did You Know…California Supreme Court Holds Undocumented Workers Are Not Barred From All Relief

In Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co. the California Supreme Court recently held that an undocumented worker who fraudulently obtained employment through use of someone else’s social security number may seek damages for employment...more

Chapman University to Pay $75,000 to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Suit

University Fired Black Professor After Being Denied Tenure Due to Race, Federal Agency Charged - SAN DIEGO - Chapman University, a private university in Orange, Calif., will pay $75,000 and furnish other relief to...more

EEOC Sues Wisconsin Plastics for Discrimination Against Hmong and Hispanic Employees

Workers Fired for Lacking English Skills They Did Not Need, Federal Agency Charges - GREEN BAY, Wis. - Wisconsin Plastics, Inc. (WPI), a metal and plastic products manufacturer based in Green Bay, violated federal law...more

50 For 50: Five Decades Of The Most Important Discrimination Law Developments - Number 23: After-Acquired Evidence

“You did what? If I Hadn’t Already Fired You, I’d Fire You Now!” What if? This is the question that has followed Title VII since its inception: how do you apply this revolutionary (yet seemingly straightforward) prohibition...more

Employer Can Be Liable for Negligently Terminating an Employee Based on Co-Worker’s Discriminatory Conduct

On May 23, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held in Velazquez-Perez v. Developers Diversified Realty Corp. that an employer may be liable under Title VII for negligently terminating an employee. Although...more

Waivers of Age Discrimination Claims in Reduction in Force Cases Continue to Face Intense Scrutiny

A Federal court in Colorado recently permitted a former employee to advance an age discrimination claim despite his prior execution of a severance and release agreement after his employment ended in connection with a...more

50 for 50: Five Decades of the Most Important Discrimination Law Developments - Number 17: What Happens When An Employer Has...

What happens when an employer decides to terminate an employee for discriminatory and non-discriminatory reasons? The Supreme Court gave a surprising answer to that question of “mixed motives” in its seminal 1989 decision:...more

What is Wrongful Termination in Arizona?  [Video]

Phoenix Business law firm Jaburg Wilk's Employment Law attorney Kraig J. Marton discusses what wrongful termination is in Arizona such as illegal discrimination, retaliation and breach of an employment contract. He also talks...more

Unconscionable Arbitration Clauses: Be Careful What You Include

Many employers lawfully require all employees, as a condition of employment, to arbitrate any disputes arising out of the employment relationship. Typically, such arbitration agreements include claims for wrongful...more

Missouri Supreme Court Abandons Exclusive Causation Requirement for Worker’s Compensation Retaliatory Discharge Claims

In Templemire v. W&M Welding, Inc., -- S.W.3d -- , (Mo. 2014), No. SC93132, 2014 WL 1464574, the Missouri Supreme Court threw out its long-held interpretation of section 287.780, RSMo requiring a plaintiff in a worker’s...more

Fired Employee Who Accused Coworkers of Sleeping with Boyfriend Lacks Triable Bias Claim

A retail employer did not violate federal civil rights laws or the Massachusetts state anti-discrimination law when it fired an employee because she made harassing, disparaging, and inappropriate accusations against her...more

U.K. Law for the U.S. Employer, Part II: Discrimination, Data Privacy, and Termination Rights

Part one of this three-part series covered the basic principles of employment laws in the United Kingdom and the minimum benefits and rights to which employees are entitled. Part two covers a number of employers’ obligations...more

Making Your Termination Decision Count (Don’t Sleep on This One…)

The success or failure of an employer’s defenses in employment litigation often turns on what motivated a termination decision. My consistently subpar performance or my complaint about harassment? My taking of leave or...more

Evidence: Subjectivity By Itself Is Not Proof Of Unlawful Race Discrimination

The Bible contains the story of Gideon, who pared down an army of 32,000 to a meager 300 to defend his homeland. Gideon wasn’t looking for a large number of soldiers; rather, he was looking for a particular type of soldier....more

Federal Court Decision Highlights Importance of Documenting Employment Actions

A recent decision by the Seventh Circuit in Zayas v. Rockford Memorial Hospital highlights for employers the importance of documenting disciplinary actions taken with employees. Despite the plaintiff's evidence of...more

Employment Law - Mar 05, 2014

Time To Review Severance Agreements - Why it matters: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a complaint against CVS Pharmacy last week. The Illinois federal court suit claims the national chain violated...more

Court of Appeal confirms post-termination victimisation is unlawful

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that post-termination victimisation is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010. Its decision brings welcome clarification to this issue following the conflicting decisions of the EAT in the cases...more

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