Don't leave any doubt about when workers are on vacation. Michael Pelletier's employer fired him after 20 years on the job, claiming he failed to show up for three days and didn't call. Pelletier said he was scheduled to be on vacation. But his supervisor's calendar said the vacation was slated for the following week. After the firing, a much younger worker was hired as a replacement. Pelletier sued for age discrimination and won a $150,000 jury award. In upholding the award, the state appeals court criticized the way the company recorded vacation requests as "rather informal."(Pelletier v. Rumpke Container Service,
No. C-000258, Ohio CA, 2001)
- CAIR reports increase in religious discrimination complaints
- One stupid comment doesn't create hostile environment
- Before we start background checks, should we start asking applicants for birth dates?
- Don't consider weight in hiring; obesity may qualify as a disability
- Even if jobs seem quite similar, feel free to use different hiring criteria