Before terminating an employee for bringing one or more guns to work, make sure state law does not create rights allowing employees to bring them to their work location that might enable an employee to sue.
States have been enacting laws in recent years that require employers to allow employees to keep a gun locked in the employee’s car on company property. A federal appeals court that covers Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi recently ruled that an employee who was fired after he parked his truck in the company parking lot with his gun locked inside could sue the company forfor a public policy violation created by a Mississippi statute containing one of these laws.
Employers can often feel caught between competing laws in this area. For example, the OSHA’s “general duty clause” requires employers to take steps to prevent (register to read more). But state laws may give employee rights to bring firearms onto ...
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