The Toledo fire chief has recommended terminating three female firefighters after discovering they had secretly taped workplace conversations.
The women had gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuits pending against the fire department.
The women allegedly made at least 40 recordings over a two-year period and shared the tapes with their attorneys.
Tip: Check with your attorney before taking any disciplinary action against employees who have filed lawsuits against you. If you fire employees who have lawsuits pending, it gives them the opportunity to throw an extra retaliation log on the lawsuit fire. Even if you win the initial lawsuit, you run the risk of losing the retaliation claim.
- No kid gloves needed: Discipline OK after employee complains
- USERRA and the choice of paying or not paying for health insurance
- Like grocery prices, lifting requirements fluctuate
- Check calendar when employee files lawsuit covered by employment agreement
- When push comes to shove, no retaliation unless protected right was violated first