Wage and hour litigation is heating up—partly because attorneys have figured out that even for small cases, in which the client-employee may get $1,000, the attorney can collect $15,000 in attorneys’ fees, says attorney Deanna Brinkerhoff.
<p>Why perform background checks? The primary reason is to protect your employees, clients/customers, suppliers and anyone who interacts with your employees. You have a duty to provide a safe working environment. Done legally, background checks can be an effective screening tool to find relevant information about job candidates. And employers have a duty to provide a safe workplace. </p>
<p>"Obese individuals are highly stigmatized, facing multiple forms of prejudice and discrimination because of their weight. And it transcends every aspect of a person's life because everybody sees this. This isn't like prostate cancer—nobody sees prostate cancer. But when the person has extra weight, everybody sees this. Everybody judges that person." Ethan Lazarus explained in a recent CER webinar. </p>
Yesterday, we looked at the case of a district manager at an insurance agency. After she voluntarily left the company, she sued for breach of contract and sex discrimination. A California appeals court dismissed all of her claims, concluding that she was an independent contractor rather than an employee.