Wrongful Termination

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Firing after employee’s “generalized threat to get legal advice” was not retaliatory

An employee who was fired approximately one month after he told his employer that he “might get legal help” was not the victim of a reprisal, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has decided. Although the case was filed under...more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Confirms Arbitration Award In Favor Of Philadelphia Union Soccer Team In Wrongful Termination Suit With...

A Pennsylvania federal court recently confirmed an arbitrator’s decision in a wrongful termination suit which held in favor of the Philadelphia Union soccer team, finding it did not violate former head coach Piotr Nowak’s...more

Employers Should Not Rely on Employer Handbooks to Create Enforceable Arbitration Agreements

In a recent published opinion, the New Jersey Appellate Division held that an arbitration clause in an employee handbook was unenforceable because the handbook also contained standard disclaimer language stating that the...more

Preparing for the Oscars: Can You Retaliate Against Your Worst-Dressed Employees?

The door opens. All eyes turn to watch the smiling woman as she strides across the carpet. Wait, is she wearing what I think she’s wearing? Oh my. What do you do when the outfit your employee is wearing makes your...more

Is Inconsistent Application Of Social Media Policy Evidence Of Discrimination?

A District Court in Louisiana concluded recently that a television station’s inconsistent application of its social media policy entitled a terminated employee to defeat summary judgment regarding his discrimination claim....more

California Employment Law Notes - January 2016

Court Reverses $1 Million Discrimination Verdict Entered Against LA Fire Department - Jumaane v. City of Los Angeles, 241 Cal. App. 4th 1390 (2015) - Jabari Jumaane, an African-American firefighter with the Los...more

California Appellate Court: Possession of Documents Requested Under Public Records Act Does Not Render Request Moot

Decision in Case Arising from Wrongful Termination Claims Against a School District - When a party is seeking release of documents under the California Public Records Act, a public agency can’t deny the release based on...more

Triple Damages Sufficiently Punitive to Bar Punitive Damages

Jennifer Gierer says she was fired because she expressed concerns about her employer’s submission of false durable medical equipment claims to Medicare. So she sued her employer and her boss, alleging (a) retaliation under...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: January 2016

Last week, Cargill Meat Solutions terminated approximately 190 employees who failed to report to work for three consecutive days. The employees, who are Muslim, stayed away from work in protest over the meatpacking plant’s...more

Legal Trends: Employment & Labour

In the past year, the media and governments across Canada have paid greater attention to workplace discrimination and harassment. In Ontario, for example, the government introduced Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment...more

Supreme Court of Puerto Rico Adopts the “Sham Affidavit by Contradiction Doctrine” and Reaffirms that Bona Fide Reorganizations of...

In what has been a string of recent favorable decisions for employers, the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico recently issued another opinion, this time elaborating on the evidentiary standard for wrongful termination claims under...more

First Circuit Clarifies Remedies for Retaliation Under the Wage Act

On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued a decision that addresses the potential remedies available under the Massachusetts Wage Act. In addition to requiring the timely...more

7th Cir. Won’t Let EEOC Skip Pre-Suit Conciliation

When CVS fired store manager Tonia Ramos in 2011, it offered her its standard severance agreement that included a broad release of waivable claims, including claims under Title VII, but explicitly preserving the right to...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, Issue 12

NYC Tribunal Rejects Claim That First Amendment Requires Use of Audience Factor for Sourcing Receipts from Credit Ratings - The New York City Tax Appeals Tribunal, reversing an Administrative Law Judge decision, has held...more

Excessive Overtime in Healthcare Act Provides Basis for Wrongful Termination Action

In a recent opinion, the Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld a judgment in favor of a healthcare employee that alleged wrongful termination of employment following her repeated refusal to work mandatory overtime. The judgment...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

Give Employees a Chance to Explain Before Terminating Them

As regular readers of this blog know, a day that is scheduled to be filled with relatively routine and non-controversial matters can get turned upside and require immediate action without any advance notice. One such...more

Wrongful Termination & Disability Discrimination: Sarkisian Goes Head to Head With USC

After a much publicized struggle with alcoholism and public firing by the University of Southern California, former head coach for the football team, Steve Sarkisian, has filed a lawsuit against the...more

Interplay Between Texas Workers' Compensation Law and Federal Family Medical Leave Act: Texas Supreme Court Addresses Impact of...

On December 4, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court provided significant guidance for employers by clarifying the relationship between the Texas Worker’s Compensation Act and the federal Family Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") in...more

Shefa Wellness Center to Pay $37,000 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Suit

Company Violated Law by Firing Pregnant Employee, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - CFS Health Management Inc., dba Shefa Wellness Center, a Canton, Ga., medical practice specializing in cosmetic skin care treatments,...more

New York Employers Should Be Aware of Laws Protecting Employees Who Are Victims of Domestic Violence

This article, reporting on a significant settlement of a claim of wrongful termination of an employee who was a victim of domestic violence, should serve as a reminder for all New York employers. As reported by the New York...more

Employment Law - November 2015 #2

California Supreme Court to Consider "Day of Rest" Law: Why it matters - The California Supreme Court has agreed to weigh in on the number of consecutive days an employee may legally work without running afoul of...more

Be Thankful You’re Not An Employment Law Turkey

Well, it’s that time of year again – what are you thankful for? Here are some Human Resources and employment law matters for which I am thankful. Please feel free to add your own in the comments....more

Extra Paperwork Triggers EEOC to File ADA Suit in South Carolina

The EEOC recently filed a disability discrimination suit in a South Carolina federal court (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Correct Care Solutions, LLC). The complaint alleges that Correct Care Solutions, LLC,...more

Be Alert Asia Pacific: Employment Law Newsletter - Shanghai Court Upholds Reinstatement Claim by Senior Manager Despite Removal by...

In September 2015, the Second Intermediate People's Court of Shanghai made a decision to uphold a former senior manager's claim for reinstatement, which has drawn a lot of attention. It is widely believed, at least in...more

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