“We are sorry. Due to unforeseen circumstances caused by the current pandemic, we have to lay off x number of workers. While we can’t predict the specific duration, we expect the layoff to be temporary. It is our intent to recall all laid-off workers in the hopefully near future”. Were you in this position on […]
Last week, the US Supreme Court, handed down a ruling on what is known as the “ministerial exception”. What’s that? The ministerial exception basically says that the government cannot interfere with how religious organizations (which include churches, synagogues, mosques among other organizations under religious auspices) lead worship or teach religion. It also means that such […]
Age bias claims are hard to prove, right? I mean an employee has to show that age was pretty much the only reason s/he suffered discrimination or s/he loses, right? Well, guess what? While that is often true under federal law, that’s not always true. I regularly tell clients and prospective clients to consult with […]
Individual managers, officers, HR pros and the like can be held personally liable for certain employment law violations. How can that be? The company is the employer, not the manager. Don’t most of the relevant laws say so? Some of them do.
Can you be liable for employment discrimination against someone who’s not your employee? Sometimes. Title VII and the other aforementioned laws prohibit employers from discriminating. These laws loosely define employers as entities with a minimum number of employees, usually 15 or more (20 or more under the ADEA). If you meet that threshold, you are […]