Typically, our “In the Spotlight” column focuses on what went wrong—and what employers can learn from mistakes others have made. This month, it’s refreshing to report on an employer that did everything right, and emerged victorious from court.
It’s a mantra that can’t be repeated too often: Develop a policy, communicate it to your employees, investigate when you learn of possible infractions and, if wrongdoing did occur, punish those who violated the policy.
The case involves Jervone Wells, a former employee of Stryker Orthopaedics Corp., who was fired for violating Stryker’s policy against distributing sexually provocative images through the company’s e-mail system. After he was terminated, Wells applied for unemployment benefits.
But the New Jersey Department of Labor turned down his application, and now a New Jersey appeals court has upheld that decision. The case is Wells v. Board of Review (2008 WL 4272388, Ap...(register to read more)
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