When an employee is discharged shortly after returning from
Recent case: Pamela Ningard took all her available leave. Shortly after returning to work, she was assigned to help a customer conduct an on-site inventory. On that job, she allegedly lied to one of the customer’s employees about her company’s business practices. When Ningard’s employer found out about the incident, it fired her.
She sued, alleging .
But the court said the company had a legitimate reason to fire her: It believed she was spreading disruptive lies. (Ningard v. Shin Etsu, No. 25424, Court of Appeals of Ohio, 2009)
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