Three off-duty AOL employees met in a company parking lot. Each had a gun in his car and planned to go target shooting at a local gun range. A company security camera recorded the employees and their guns. All three were fired for violating AOL's violence-prevention policy, which banned weapons on company property. The workers sued, claimingin violation of public policy, asserting they had a right to possess firearms in the parking lot. The state supreme court sided with AOL, saying public policy doesn't alter an employer's right to ban guns in parking lots. (Hansen, et.al. v. America Online Inc., 20020288, UT, 2004)
- Is a doctor's note enough to prevent us from firing employee who broke call-in rule?
- Isn't there some way we can provide honest references?
- Be consistent: Don't slap harasser on wrist, then fire victim
- Retaliation nation: Manage adverse actions to lessen retaliation
- Don't let fear of being sued stop you from disciplining employee