09/23/2008 - A company is not liable for firing an employee who filed a workplace injury claim in the midst of an internal investigation. The investigation proved that the employee had embezzled money so he was fired. The employee sued claiming that he was fired for making a workers’ compensation claim. The court ruled that even if the employee’s injury claim was valid, the company had a legitimate reason for the termination and was not liable for wrongful termination.
09/23/2008 - A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of an employee who lied on his background screening form when applying for a job with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The court found that the employee broke the law when he failed to disclose that he had collected workers’ compensation payments for a back injury sustained while working for a previous employer. Because of the disability claim, the employee was supposedly barred from lifting heavy items or standing for long periods of time, both requirements of the TSA job for which he applied.
09/23/2008 - Lawmakers in Louisiana have approved a bill (S.B. 51) that makes it illegal for employers to prohibit employees from storing firearms in their cars on company property. The law allows employees to keep lawfully registered firearms in their cars in any parking lot, parking garage, or other designated parking area.
07/28/2008 - In a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a company that fuels planes at airports has agreed to pay $1.9 million to black and Hispanic employees who claim they were discriminated against. Though the company admitted no wrongdoing, it also agreed to conduct sensitivity and diversity training as part of the agreement. According to the EEOC, company employees waved KKK membership cards at black and Hispanic employees. Also, nooses and drawings of swastikas were common, and Hispanic employees were forced to ride in the back of shuttle buses. One employee, Francisco Ochoa, went to his manager to complain about the discrimination. Ochoa saw himself drawn in a racially offensive cartoon that had been placed under glass on the manager’s desk.