Sometimes, it seems as if employees and their attorneys will try anything to squeeze money from employers. But now some courts are telling employees, “Enough is enough.”
Recent case: A group of air traffic controllers at Detroit Metro Airport and their spouses sued their employer and a mold-remediation company for allegedly failing to fix a mold problem in the control tower. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) hired the mold-remediation company to remove mold, but the employees said it only made matters worse.
The company argued it wasn’t under a direct duty to the employees—only to the FAA with whom it signed the contract.
The court agreed: While the FAA could possibly sue for negligent remediation, the employees could not. (Bennett, et al., v. MIS Corp., No. 07-14005, ED MI, 2008)
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- SoCal grocery workers vote to authorize strike
- Justices rule ordinance can create contract
- Don't leave yourself open to retaliation claims: Enforce work rules equitably for all employees
- Take proactive steps to ensure harassment doesn't escalate