02/27/2009 - A company did not discriminate against an employee when it refused to let him perform a dangerous job as long as he was taking narcotics for pain, ruled a federal appeals court, because it did not consider the employee incapable of performing less dangerous jobs.
12/18/2008 - A property management company is not liable for the death of a man who was shot and killed in a mall parking lot. The Texas Supreme Court ruled the event was not foreseeable and that the company had no duty to protect the man.
12/18/2008 - An employee who was fired for illegally taping private conversations between her supervisors cannot pursue a retaliation claim against her employer, ruled a federal appeals court. The employee taped the conversations to learn more about a sexual harassment claim she had filed.
12/18/2008 - Violating standard accounting practices is insufficient to invoke whistleblower protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a federal appeals court ruled. The plaintiff in the case was fired after complaining about unorthodox accounting practices at his company.
11/25/2008 - A law (P.L. 110-233) expands the prohibition against genetic discrimination by group health plans and health insurance providers. The law also makes it illegal to request or require genetic testing for enrollment in an insurance plan or to base premiums on genetic testing.