A federal appeals court has ruled that an employee who suffered a breakdown after a stray dog found its way into a warehouse where she was working can pursue her claims against the company. The employee filed a lawsuit arguing that the company violated her rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) when it fired her after the incident. The court agreed that the employee’s actions, which included irrational behavior and anxiety, should have alerted the company that she might be suffering from a serious mental health condition.
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.