Sunset Car Wash had no idea it was about to be cleaned out when it took over the lease from Auto Spa Express. A court has ruled Sunset must pay back wages and penalties owed to Auto Spa’s former employees.
If you’re ready to fire an employee because of a co-worker’s or customer’s complaint, think twice if the complaint is recanted. Otherwise, the fired employee may sue, claiming that your stated discharge reason was false and merely an excuse to terminate.
Never skip a payday. That’s just asking to be sued, as the following case shows.
Fired employees have nothing to lose by suing a former employer. And employers have no way of know-ing what frivolous claim a former employee may file. That’s one good reason to make sure you document poor performance.
Employees don’t qualify for unemployment benefits if they’re fired for misconduct. After all, it’s their own fault they were fired. Misconduct generally includes actions that violate a so-called “reasonable employer” rule. However, employees who violate an employer’s reasonable rule because of a good-faith error in judgment can still collect benefits.
Think twice before shutting down one of several related businesses just to stop the spread of pro-union sentiment. It’s likely to prompt a lawsuit, and a court may well take organized labor’s side.
Ordinarily, civil servants have qualified immunity for actions arising from their official duties as government workers. But punishing a subordinate for testifying in a civil rights lawsuit clearly destroys that immunity.
The Court of Appeal of California has ruled for the first time that a partner who reports sexual harassment is protected from retaliation under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
Guardsmark Security will pay $25,000 to settle a national-origin and age-harassment complaint filed by an employee working in San Jose.
A settlement has ended a class-action wage-and-hour suit filed on behalf of nearly 1,000 employees at Yelp!, the website that allows consumers to submit reviews of restaurants, stores and health care professionals.