Sham Investigation Costs Chemical Company

By | February 3rd, 2014 | General » Leave a comment

Generally, when an employer decides to fire someone based on the facts then known, the employer won’t be liable – even if later turns out that the facts were wrong. That being said, an employer cannot intentionally ignore contradictory information to justify a termination. Well, technically they could, but as Solvay Chemicals, Inc., (Solvay) recently […]

Sex, Lies, and Liability?

By | January 28th, 2014 | General » Leave a comment

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) brought about major changes to the regulation of corporate governance and financial practice. Among other things, SOX protects employees of publicly traded company who are “whistleblowers”. An employee who reports what he or she “reasonably believes” is: mail fraud; wire fraud; bank fraud; securities fraud; violations of any rule or regulation […]

Don’t Hand me no Lies and Keep Your Hands to Yourself

By | January 20th, 2014 | General » Leave a comment

A recent case from the Tenth Circuit will have this line from a popular Georgia Satellites tune running through your head. “Don’t hand me no lies and keep your hands to yourself . . . ” Sara Debord worked for Mercy Hospital in Independence, Kansas, as a nuclear-medicine technician. She was hired in 2004 and […]

Prompt Remedial Action by Employer Bars Hostile Work Environment Claim

By | July 12th, 2012 | General » Leave a comment

Once again, the Tenth Circuit finds that comments made and actions by an employee that were demonstrative of a gender bias (“this department would run better if the males were doing the job”) together with other demeaning conduct (ridiculing the employee, failing to make eye contact in conversations, treating her like a “servant”) were sufficiently […]

Insubordinate Employee Denied Relief under FMLA Theory

By | April 12th, 2012 | General » Leave a comment

Last week the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals decided a case, Sabourin v. University of Utah, that addressed the sticky situations of making demands of an employee on FMLA leave and then firing the employee for failing to meet the demands. In this case, Mr. Sabourin requested FMLA leave after being selected for a reduction […]

Moderator and Planner–Christine Cave–Presents Recent Changes of Employer Liability

By | October 20th, 2011 | General » Leave a comment

This Friday, October 21, Christine Cave will be in Tulsa as the program planner and moderator of “Some Doors Close While Others are Pushed Open: Recent Changes in the Creation of Employer Liability.” It is a course provided by the Oklahoma Bar Association to further legal education and for which lawyers can received Continuing Legal […]

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