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Firing

Seinfeld jokester loses award

04/01/2000
If you were stunned when a jury awarded $26.6 million to Jerold Mackenzie for wrongful discharge after he was fired for discussing a sexual innuendo …

Workers at smallest firms using ‘public policy’ loophole to file suits

04/01/2000
If you operate a small business, don’t take it for granted that you’re immune from state discrimination laws. It’s true that state anti-bias laws don’t apply …

Limit sensitive meetings to ‘need-to-know’ managers

03/01/2000
During a management meeting, an operations director warned Karen Bishop, a human resources manager, not to share information with another employee whom …

Erratic attendance can disqualify employee from ADA protection

03/01/2000
Dan Jovanovic was one of the tool and die makers that kept the In-Sink-Erator manufacturing plant running. But Jovanovic had an erratic attendance record …

Multiple locations? Check local law before setting nationwide rules

03/01/2000
If your company operates in several locations, make sure you’re complying with every city and state law. And check your employee handbook, too. It may need …

Walk the line on drug tests; bad policy lets workers reap benefits

02/01/2000
Jack Eaton got the boot after a drug test showed he’d been using marijuana and cocaine. Yet a court said he can still collect unemployment compensation, because his employer gave the …

FMLA: 6th Circuit clarifies which employees are eligible

02/01/2000
To be eligible under the Family and Medical Leave Act, an employee must have at least 1,250 hours of service with the employer during the previous 12 months. But be careful …

Don’t let religious employees badger other workers

01/01/2000
As a born-again Christian, Kenneth Weiss says he is required to share his religious beliefs with others, including co-workers. But for some, working with him was hell.
He condemned co-workers, …

Transfer may not trigger clock on discrimination, retaliation claims

01/01/2000
Frank Dorsey’s transfer from flight training supervisor to assistant chief pilot was the first step in a United Parcel Service (UPS) plan “to deliver the ‘coup de gr ^ace’ to his …

Jury smells a rat in firing of disabled man

01/01/2000
A regional manager’s decision to fire a mentally disabled janitor cost the Chuck E. Cheese’s pizza chain plenty of dough. A jury awarded the janitor back pay and damages of more …