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Case In Point

Mindy Chapman Esq. is the founder of the nationally acclaimed “Workplace
Training that Clicks & Sticks™” and co-author of the American Bar
Association’s best seller and authority on civil rights training, “Case
Dismissed! Taking Your Harassment Prevention Training to Trial.” Case In Point is an entertaining look at the employment law cases impacting you today, plus practical ways to protect yourself and your company.

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Really, it’s not too bad, right? You’re facing a discrimination lawsuit. Morale and company image may suffer. But at least your organization carries employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) to cover the “hard costs” of defense and settlement. Or do you? As Cracker Barrel recently learned, your EPLI umbrella policy may actually let some rain in ... $2.7 million worth, in this case.
"I’m pregnant!" … Two words that can make an employer cringe on the inside but smile on the outside. And, as this employer found out, while the baby might not be kicking yet, you can be assured the pregnancy laws have officially kicked in.
Wonder what employees are really doing on those computers all day? A new court ruling shows that if they’re engaging in illegal cyber activities, you can show them the door. Just make sure you’ve shown them your cyber rulebook first …
At termination time, too many managers take a “more is better” approach to stating grounds for a firing. But courts won’t give you extra points for extra justification. In fact, as this new case shows, piling on the termination reasons—or shifting those reasons—will smell mighty fishy in court …
When you grant an employee FMLA leave to care for a sick relative, do you wonder what type of “care” they must really be giving to qualify for time off under the FMLA? This new court ruling defines care as being in physical proximity to the relative. Cutting the lawn in a different time zone doesn’t cut it under the law …
If you’re an HR professional, manager or executive, you wear a lot of hats. Right? One of those hats is as a performance management coach. Coaching is always well intended … at least it’s supposed to be. But, as one court recently noted, be very careful when coaching—you might just end up wearing a defendant’s hat in a discrimination lawsuit ...
Think you can close the book on an employment lawsuit once you’ve paid off the jury verdict? Think again. As this case show, the court can still have its claws around your organization’s throat for a long time …
Think you can close the book on an employment lawsuit once you’ve paid off the jury verdict? Think again. As this case show, the court can still have its claws around your organization’s throat for a long time …
Think you can close the book on an employment lawsuit once you’ve paid off the jury verdict? Think again. As this case show, the court can still have its claws around your organization’s throat for a long time …

Ever wonder if your employees out on FMLA leave are really sitting on a beach sipping a drink with a little umbrella in it? If you think employees are violating your policies, what can you do? One court ruled last week that you can fire such an employee … but first make sure you have the right policies in place.

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