Nepotism

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    The Supreme Court of Hawaii recently held that an employee who had been terminated under his employer's no-relatives policy had been terminated in violation of Hawaii law. The employee filed suit under a Hawaii statute that provides that discharging an individual because of marital status is an unlawful discriminatory practice...
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    An employer maintained a written policy that managers of its stores could not supervise family members in the same store. However, the employer had failed to enforce the policy but later tried to use it to terminate an employee. The employee filed suit. The employee in question had been employed for approximately four...
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    A recent decision of the Texas Supreme Court dealt a significant blow to the doctrine of employment at will in that state. Although Texas (like Alabama) generally presumes that an employee can be terminated at any time for any reason, the Texas court upheld a $600,000 jury verdict against Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., finding that...
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    [Under this decision] latitude, forgiveness, and oversight impose obligations and the risk of liability on the employer; rigid enforcement does not. [After today] from an employer's perspective, it is better to have no policies at all, essential to strictly apply any that are adopted, and unadvisable to be flexible in the...
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    RECENT SETTLEMENTS - Shoney's Inc. has agreed to pay $105,000,000 in settlement of a class race discrimination suit filed on behalf of black employees in Pensacola, Florida. The settlement covers company-owned and franchise restaurants in 36 states. Burger King Corporation has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle Labor...
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