03/27/2013 - Virginia’s high court has ruled that an individual supervisor may be held liable in a wrongful discharge claim. In the case, a female employee was fired by her supervisor after she refused to get divorced and begin an affair with him. The court ruled that “employer-only liability would be insufficient to deter wrongful discharges.”
03/27/2013 - An employee accused of stealing intellectual property from his employer must turn over his personal iPhone to be examined as part of the discovery process. The judge ruled that, because of the phone’s functionality, the order was “tantamount to ordering the production of [a] computer.”
02/19/2013 - A workplace policy that requires all employees who seek treatment for substance abuse to submit to random drug testing constitutes disability discrimination, according to a New Jersey appeals court. The tests could not be justified by business necessity or for safety reasons and were required of those employees with no history of poor performance.
02/19/2013 - The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a company is liable for pretexting undertaken by a third party on the company’s behalf. The court ruled that the company must pay compensatory and punitive damages to the employee who was the target of the investigation.
02/19/2013 - The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that a company violated federal law when it fired an employee for writing offensive and threatening remarks on newsletters in a staff break room.