A federal appeals court has overturned a circuit court’s sexual harassment verdict in favor of a fast food restaurant. In the case, the appeals court ruled that the owner of the business could be held liable for the actions of the restaurant manager who fired a teenage employee after she refused to date him and then blocked her access to information she needed to report the incident.
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.
New York’s high court has ruled that an employer’s around-the-clock tracking of an employee’s movements was unreasonable. The court ruled that while an employer can track an employee’s movements without a warrant in some cases, the tracking was excessive in this specific case.