Courts rein in some out-of-bounds employee lawsuits

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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)

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