A review of employment cases during one recent month included these topics:

1. Public policy violation/whistleblower 10. Trade secret/non-competition agreements
2. Breach of contract/implied covenant 11. Workers compensation/OSHA
3. Fraud 12. Independent Contract
4. Defamation 13. Respondeat superior
5. Wage/hour 14. Privacy
6. Discrimination 15. Arbitration
7. Harassment 16. Attorneys and attorneys’ fees
8. Retaliation 17. Statutes of limitation
9. Interference with contractual relations 18. And others

Here are a few recent employment litigation-related headlines:

  • Sales Representatives $480,000 Wrongful Termination Award is Affirmed
  • Evidence Supported Whistleblowers’ Discrimination Claim, but Not Sexual Harassment
  • Undocumented Workers Had Standing to Assert Violation of Prevailing Wage Law
  • Employee Who Was Threatened and Assaulted by Co-Workers Stated Wrongful Termination Claim
  • Employer Could Recover Training Costs from Employee, But Can’t Recover Same from Final Check
  • Housekeeper’s Award of $70,000 in Unpaid Wages Affirmed
  • Employee Who Provided Customer Service and Training Related to Company Software Not Exempt from Overtime
  • Employer Bears Burden of Showing Reasonableness of Layoff Criteria in Age Discrimination Case
  • $1.8 Million Judgment Affirmed in Favor of Employee Discriminated Against on the Basis of Race and Gender
  • Employee Who Requested Medical Leave for Depression While Working for Another Employer May Have Been Improperly Terminated
  • Court Upholds $1.088 Million Verdict in Favor of Terminated Italian National

These are just a few example of the numerous, off-the wall HR exposures your business might face. None of these companies ever planned on getting in the headlines — at least not like this! As you can see from many of the titles, employment practice claims might not be frequent: but when you face one, they tend to be severe. By the way, I didn’t list headlines about case verdicts favoring employers. Although these are rare, they still end up costing companies tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, just to be “right.”

Need insurance for You, Your Family or Your Business?
We can match you to a qualified, local insurance expert!
Further Reading
According to insurance industry estimates, fewer than 50% of companies carry EPLI -- and the smaller the employer, the lower the percentage. Although the cost of coverage varies, a $1 million policy with a $5,000 deductible usually costs from $50 to ...
The effects of Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and by extension, Workers’ Compensation Insurance (WC) has not yet been fully understood. Employers are sued for unfair labor practices such as wr...
While the year is still young, here are 15 resolutions that employers may want to make: Make sure your "independent contractors" are really independent contractors. "Independent contractors" are under scrutiny by the Internal Reve...
Employment Practices Liability (EPL) differs from other professional and management coverage since it protects the company from acts which violate the employees’ legal rights of employment.   What are these rights? 1. Sexual Harassmen...
Since Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed, the issue of employees' rights continues to be controversial. Employers involved in interstate commerce are prohibited from discriminating against applicants. Understanding How Fast Lawsuit Ris...