Archive for 'Retaliation'

Bad References Can Cost Big Bucks

Written by Robert G. Brody and Rebecca Goldberg on December 19, 2011

A bad reference is costing one aviation company nearly a third of a million dollars.  A jury decided Tradewinds Aviation maliciously sent a reference letter regarding former employee Jeffrey Nelson, costing him a job offer with another company.  Although Nelson, a pilot, had lost his job due to downsizing, the letter from Tradewinds said he […]

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Have you ever wondered if you can reject applicants if you discover they previously sued their employer for wage and hour violations?  In our litigious society, you may have worried that you would be sued for retaliation.  Until recently we would have agreed.  The Fourth Circuit just ruled that a prospective employee did not have […]

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Connecticut is the first state in the nation to require employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave.  Both the state Senate and House already passed the bill.  Governor Malloy is expected to sign it into law soon.  The new requirements will go into effect on January 1, 2012.  The bill requires employers with […]

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Many an irate employee has exclaimed “That’s not right!  I’m going to report you for that!”  Even though this complaint is not made formally in writing, it needs to be taken seriously.  The Supreme Court in Kasten v. Saint-Gobain recently ruled an employer can be guilty of retaliation against an employee whose only protected act […]

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The Supreme Court found an employer can illegally retaliate against the fiancé of an employee who files a discrimination charge.  This is a reminder to employers to consider the relationships between their employees before taking adverse employment action after a discrimination charge is filed. In this case, Miriam, an employee, was fired and subsequently brought […]

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