Introduced by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA), a Senate bill (H.R. 1705) would prohibit an employer from refusing to hire or to discharge an individual based on that individual's sexual orientation. The bill would also prohibit discrimination in compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of sexual orientation.
An employer may be held liable for vehicular manslaughter committed by an employee after hours. An employee became intoxicated at a company party and then later, after he had returned home and then left again, crashed into another car, killing the driver. The parents of the victim may sue the employer because the employee was acting within the scope of his employment when he got drunk.