Wrongful Termination

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Federal Judge Awards $1,470,000 in EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Case Against Z Foods

Workers Who Were Sexually Harassed and Fired for Complaining Vindicated in Court's Ruling - FRESNO, Calif. - A federal judge has ordered Z Foods, Inc., once one of the largest dried fruit processors in the United States,...more

Staffing Company Has to Ask

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals expanded on the EEOC’s guidance on a staffing company’s liability for its client’s discriminatory decisions. According to the court, a staffing company may be liable when a client asks the...more

Changes to North Carolina's HB2 Restore Employee Right File a Discrimination Suit in State Court

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law House Bill 169 on July 18, 2016. The new law restores a North Carolina employee’s right to file a wrongful termination claim in North Carolina state court based on certain...more

NC “bathroom bill” – the latest developments

It’s been a while since I’ve written about H.B. 2, the North Carolina “bathroom bill,” and I need to get with it. Wrongful discharge claim based on discrimination is back. As we expected, on July 18, Gov. Pat McCrory...more

EEOC Sues Rent-A-Center for Sex Discrimination Against Transgender Employee

Assistant Manager of Rantoul Store Was Fired Because of Her Gender Identity, Federal Agency Charges - URBANA, Ill. - Rent-A-Center violated federal civil rights law by discharging an employee from its Rantoul, Ill.,...more

California Federal Court Reminds Employers That They Must Carefully Navigate Disability Accommodation Process

The obligation to accommodate a disabled employee is an ongoing one; a doctor’s note may not be a prerequisite to engage in the interactive process – those are two important lessons that employers should take away from a...more

Federally Regulated Employers Need Just Cause to Terminate Non-Union Employees

In an important decision (Wilson v Atomic Energy of Canada Limited) for federally regulated employers, the Supreme Court of Canada held that the “unjust dismissal” provisions in the Canada Labour Code mean non-union employees...more

Party’s Willful Destruction of Data Did Not “Optimize” the Case for Dismissal

Ericksen v. Kaplan Higher Educ., LLC, No. RDB-14-3106, 2016 WL 695789 (D. Md. Feb. 22, 2016). Where a plaintiff “willfully [ran] a computer program that she knew, given her computer expertise, would destroy at least some...more

Supreme Court of Canada to Federally Regulated Employers: No “Without Cause” Dismissals Under Canada Labour Code

In a decision which returns us to what many thought was the status quo, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that, (save for exempt employees), the unjust dismissal scheme in the Canada Labour Code (the “Code”) does not...more

Gavel to Gavel: Add a box to your termination checklist

A recent decision from the Oklahoma Supreme Court adds new considerations to the list of items employers should examine before terminating an employee. In Moore v. Warr Acres Nursing Center , the court significantly...more

New Bauhaus v. American Green

Partner Kevin Broerman prevailed on a commercial binding arbitration using the American Arbitration Association (AAA). Claimant asserted damages in excess of $5 million (capped pursuant to agreement with AAA at $1.5 million)...more

Terminated: A Marriage’s End Should Not Lead to Employment’s End

Last month, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in Robert Smith v. Millville Rescue Squad (MRS) that an employer cannot terminate an employee for separating or divorcing – the processes of which apparently falls under the...more

Headline news: Policies, procedures essential tools in fight against sexual harassment

Last week, former Fox News Anchor Gretchen Carlson slapped Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes with a wrongful termination and sexual harassment lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges that Ailes made...more

Cha-Ching: The High Cost of Failing to Remedy Workplace Discrimination

Last week, Gretchen Carlson, the Fox News anchor, sued Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, accusing him of harassment and sexism. Though Ailes denies the allegations, the trial will be closely followed, both because of the...more

NC Legislative Update - July 2016

Last Week - Following a fast paced week, the legislature adjourned the 2015-16 Session sine die on Friday, July 1st, just before midnight. After convening on April 25th, lawmakers completed the short session in just 68...more

EEOC Sues Bojangles For Sex Harassment and Retaliation

Restaurant Chain Subjected Transgender Employee to Sex Harassment, Then Fired Her for Complaining, Federal Agency Charges - FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Bojangles Restaurants, Inc., a North Carolina corporation operating a chain...more

EEOC Sues McDonald’s Franchise for Disability Discrimination

Bentonville Restaurant Management Companies Fired Employee Because of His HIV Status, Agency Charges - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A McDonald's restaurant owned and operated by Mathews Management Company and Peach Orchard,...more

EEOC Settles First Sexual Orientation Discrimination Suit

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced last week that it had settled a suit against Pallet Companies (doing business as IFCO Systems) for $202,200. As we previously discussed here, this suit is one...more

Court of Federal Claims Rules Contracting Officer’s Failure to Exercise Independent Business Judgment Renders Partial Termination...

Securiforce Int’l America, LLC v. United States, 125 Fed. Cl. 749 (March 21, 2016) - Plaintiff Securiforce International America, LLC (“Securiforce”) was awarded a contract by the Defense Logistics Agency Energy (“DLA...more

Legislature restores wrongful discharge claim eliminated by HB2

We previously wrote a short guide for North Carolina employers on the employment law implications of House Bill 2 “HB2”...more

New Jersey “Marital Status” Protection Applies to All Types of Marital Status, State Supreme Court Says

The New Jersey Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination includes protection for separated, divorcing and divorced employees. The LAD prohibits discrimination based on, among...more

“EEO” Wrongful Discharge May Soon Return To North Carolina

I don’t plan to post much more about North Carolina’s HB 2 “bathroom bill” until we start getting court decisions, but this is newsworthy. As I’ve previously noted, HB 2 had a provision that eliminated the cause of...more

Minnesota Court Creates “Wrongful Discharge” Damages Claim for MFLSA Violations

In an unexpected surprising broadening of employee rights under the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act, the Minnesota Court of Appeals held, on June 27, 2016, that an employee who is discharged for refusing to obey an...more

DHD Ventures Management Company, Inc. To Pay $40,000 to Settle EEOC Racial Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

New York-Based Real Estate Management Company Fired Employees In Retaliation For Complaining About Racial Harassment, Federal Agency Charges - GREENVILLE, S.C. - DHD Ventures Management Company, Inc., a New York-based...more

Unhappily, Ever After: NJ Supreme Court Rules Divorcing Employees Protected by NJLAD

Unfortunately, not all marriages are happily ever after. When divorce seems inevitable, losing your job as a result of a looming divorce is something no employee wants to worry about. On June 21, 2016, the New Jersey...more

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