02/27/2009 - A retailer that was sued after an employee was assaulted during a robbery is not liable for the employee’s injuries. According to an Ohio appellate court, despite two prior robberies, the employer could not have predicted with certainty that the injury would occur. The court ruled that the employee could not prove that the company knew an employee would be harmed because neither of the previous two robberies resulted in harm to an employee. (Toner v. Monro Muffler and Brake, Court of Appeals for Montgomery County, Ohio, No. 22227, 2008)
02/27/2009 - A company did not discriminate against an employee when it refused to let him perform a dangerous job as long as he was taking narcotics for pain, ruled a federal appeals court, because it did not consider the employee incapable of performing less dangerous jobs.
12/18/2008 - A property management company is not liable for the death of a man who was shot and killed in a mall parking lot. The Texas Supreme Court ruled the event was not foreseeable and that the company had no duty to protect the man.
12/18/2008 - An employee who was fired for illegally taping private conversations between her supervisors cannot pursue a retaliation claim against her employer, ruled a federal appeals court. The employee taped the conversations to learn more about a sexual harassment claim she had filed.
12/18/2008 - Violating standard accounting practices is insufficient to invoke whistleblower protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a federal appeals court ruled. The plaintiff in the case was fired after complaining about unorthodox accounting practices at his company.