Two recent cases reaffirm an employer’s right to terminate a potentially violent employee. In one case a psychologically disturbed doctor was fired after he threatened to kill his supervisor and coworkers. Another lawsuit involved a teacher who was fired after she declared that she could kill 22 people in front of a host of witnesses, including her 22 students.
A federal appeals court has ruled that an employer who terminated a pregnant employee is guilty of pregnancy discrimination. The court ruled that because her managers discussed her pregnancy in relation to her termination, saying that her “belly would be in the way,” the comments were discriminatory.
A federal court has awarded a former security officer more than $50,000 in back wages and attorney’s fees after he was fired for refusing to shave his beard as requested by his employer. The officer kept his beard closely cropped but maintained that the beard was part of his religious observance. The court found that the company’s request was religious discrimination.