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Hiring & Firing Wrongful Termination

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 -

The Arguments in Digital Realty: A Glimpse of Future Battles

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court heard argument in Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Paul Somers, No. 16-1276. The case centers on the question of who is a whistleblower and entitled to the protections of the Dodd-Frank anti-retaliation...more

Court rules employee’s termination not in retaliation for repeated complaints

by McAfee & Taft on

In a recent case in federal court in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Carissa Nealis, a white woman and account executive for CoxCom, LLC, made a retaliation claim based on her reports of a coworker being treated unfairly....more

Is an Internal Whistleblower a “Whistleblower” Entitled to Anti-Retaliation Protection Under the Dodd-Frank Act?

Who is a “whistleblower” entitled to protection under the anti-retaliation provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act (the “Act”)? In Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, the United States Supreme Court will answer that question by...more

Employees Have a Right to Complain About Intoxicated Co-Workers

The likely reaction to the title of this article would be: well of course they do. Workplace rules of conduct typically prohibit being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and although the condition of alcoholism might be...more

Halloween Flashback: Our Scariest Stories for Employers

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

Ghosts, ghouls, and ghastly liability; the last is certainly enough to spook any employer. For this Halloween, we take a trip down Elm Street to revisit the most startling nightmares we’ve ever covered....more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

...On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced it was awarding nearly $2.5 million to a government employee who tipped off the SEC to a company’s wrongdoing. Although the SEC does not...more

Pharmacy Chain Not Required To Reasonably Accommodate Needle-Phobic Pharmacist

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Trypanophobia—the fear of needles—played a significant role in a case brought against Rite Aid Pharmacy under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In Stevens v. Rite Aid Corp., the Second Circuit overturned a jury...more

Sixth Circuit Court Agrees with Home Healthcare Employer’s Termination of Nurse

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In this case a home-care nurse complained about the quality of care her patient received from the patient’s family members. Subsequent review and inspections by the company found some “serious problems”...more

Seventh Circuit Puts the Brakes on Never-ending Leave Under the ADA

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Employers everywhere have been repeatedly warned not to automatically terminate employees who have exhausted their Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. Instead, employers should first consider whether the employee might...more

EEOC Sues Wynn Las Vegas for Disability Discrimination

Employee with Ovarian Cancer Denied Leave and Fired, Federal Agency Charged - LAS VEGAS - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against the Wynn Las Vegas hotel/casino for violating...more

ECHR Ruling: Dismissal Based on Monitoring of Employee’s Communications Illegal

by Bryan Cave on

Be aware! Today’s decision of the European Court of Human Rights (“ECHR”) may force companies to rethink their policies on private internet use of their employees at work (No. 61496/08). The Straßburg court held a...more

It’s time to think about arbitration agreements again following recent $15 million+ employee verdicts

Jury panels in the Los Angeles Superior Court (which is often referred to as “The Bank” by the plaintiffs’ bar) have recently delivered multimillion-dollar verdicts to former-employee plaintiffs. Many employers doing business...more

Balancing Undue Hardship and Reasonable Accommodation with Employees Using Medical Marijuana Lights Up in Massachusetts Court

by LeClairRyan on

In a recent case, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (the “SJC”) held that medical marijuana may constitute a “reasonable accommodation” for employees.  As a result, employers may not terminate employees for failing...more

Terminated Employee Awarded Aggravated Damages for Employer's Conduct

by Field Law on

Termination of employment can cause an employee a great deal of hardship. This is especially true when allegations of misconduct and insubordination are at play. The case of Lalonde v. Sena Solid Waste Holdings Inc, 2017 ABQB...more

Being Untruthful About the Reason for a Termination Can Get an Employer in Hot Water

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We have written in the past about how important it is for an employer to be accurate in articulating its reason for terminating an employee. For example, if an employer is terminating an employee for poor performance, the...more

Two Employees, Social Media, An Unlawful Policy ... What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The advent of social media resulted in a feverish effort by the NLRB to keep up with new technology. In reality, the legal standard for evaluating whether conduct is protected concerted activity did not change. Rather, all...more

Be Careful When Firing an Employee Who Is Out On Workers’ Compensation

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Handling workers’ compensation claims can present a number of challenges, such as determining whether an injury is work-related and evaluating back-to-work accommodation requests. Another challenge arises when you consider...more

Former Big League Pitcher Awarded More Than $1.5 Million For Wrongful Termination

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A New Jersey jury in the Superior Court of New Jersey for Camden County has awarded former Major League Baseball pitcher Mitchell Williams $1,565,333 in a wrongful termination action he filed against MLB Network, Inc....more

Massachusetts High Court: Insurers Not Obligated to Prosecute Counterclaims under Duty-to-Defend Policies

by Wilson Elser on

On June 22, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) in Mount Vernon Fire Insurance Co. v. Visionaid, Inc. (No. SJC-12142) considered three questions certified by the First Circuit Court of Appeals addressing the...more

French Employment Law Reforms Awaited Under Macron’s Presidency

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: French Employers should brace themselves for changes in the employment and labour law arena. However at this stage nothing is set in stone, and any reforms may be slow in coming. As France does not have...more

How To Avoid Wrongful Termination Lawsuits In Michigan

by Fraser Trebilcock on

In Michigan, employment is usually considered to be “at-will”. This means that either an employer or employee may decide to terminate employment at any time, with no reason needed. There are, however, a few exceptions to the...more

Case Demonstrates Perils Of Refusing To Discuss Issues With Union

A significant change in NLRB precedent during the last few years was the added requirement that an employer bargain over discretionary aspects of discipline in the period between the union acquiring representational rights...more

Workwise: Certain Earnings During Notice Period Not Considered Mitigation

by Field Law on

On May 23, 2017, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Superior Court of Justice in the case of Brake v. PJ-M2R Restaurant Inc. 2016 ONSC 1795, 2017 ONCA 402, endorsing the lower court’s finding that certain...more

4th Circuit sets a match to battalion chief's First Amendment claims

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Lately, we’ve been seeing more cases in which public-sector employees accuse their governmental employer of violating the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Such claims can arise in many ways, but with the...more

Jury Rejects Whistleblower Claim By Former SpaceX Employee

On June 7, 2017, a California jury returned a 9-3 verdict, dismissing whistleblower claims brought by a former Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (“SpaceX”) employee. Jason Blasdell v. Space Exploration Technologies...more

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