Sometimes, employees who think they are about to be fired for
Recent case: Julie Kassera, who is over age 40, worked with special-education students. She later claimed that she was being unfairly targeted for special scrutiny because of her age. After her bosses called her into a meeting to discuss performance issues, she quit and sued.
The court said that while Kassera might have subjectively thought she was being treated miserably, an objective and reasonable employee would not have quit because of the way she was treated. The court threw out her case. (Kassera v. Independent School District No. 11, No. 07-CV-2292, DC MN, 2008)
- Post-recessionary bonus plans: Strike a balance between risk and reward
- Poor economy dictates downsizing? You can fire employee who takes pregnancy leave
- Reduced hours and WARN: Are we liable?
- Be consistent: Don't slap harasser on wrist, then fire victim
- Don't shoot yourself in the foot! If you praise extra work, pay for it