Okay, Here is a story that really grabbed my attention. Its not directly related to employment, but It is relation to unemployment. In 2009 Trina Thompson, of New York, decided to sue the college she graduated from, Monroe College, because she was unable to find employment. To be more specific, she was suing the college because she claimed that their job placement program was not putting enough effort into getting her a job. She had graduated only three months earlier. Her GPA was not the best, 2.7, but she had excellent attendance while at Monroe College. She was asking for $70,000 for her tuition costs, and $2,000 for the stress she had endured in looking for a job. She further claims that the job placement department at her school gives preferential treatment to those students who have a 4.0 GPA. Although this lawsuit sounds a bit farfetched, I think it reflects the emotions of college graduates all around the country. We’ve been raised to think that going to college will ensure that you will have a successful future. However in todays economy, It has become more and more difficult and competitive for college students to find jobs after college. This law suit arose in the midst of the recent recession, so I can Imagine Trina Thompson’s frustrations. Weather the lawsuit ever went to courts or not, as a college student myself, I can’t help but to praise her just a little bit.
This case, although not specially a work related lawsuit, caught my attention. In 2010, Martin Stoner, a 60 year old violinist, from manhattan lost his job in the New York City Ballet Orchestra. According to Martin Stoner, the loss of his job took a devastating toll on his lively hood so he decided to take a chance by entering a talent competition. The talent competition that he decided to enter, however, was aimed at young artist between the ages of 19 and 26. He then threatened to sue for age discrimination if they didn’t allow him to join the competition. He was then allowed to join the competition, but failed to make it to the semi finals. He then continued his suit for age discrimination, claiming that the judges past him over because of his age. His suit was later dismissed in court by Judge Robert Paterson, who was 88 years old. Mr. Stoner appealed the dismissal and requested that he be granted a different judge because the previous judge was too old. Unfortunately for Mr. Stoner, He was later assigned the same judge. Should Judge Paterson file a suit for age discrimination?
As employment lawsuits become more and more common in society today, here a few common issues that employers should look out for. Weather willingly or unwillingly, one of the most common reasons for employment lawsuits is discrimination. Discrimination i defined as treating someone unfairly because of his/her race, age, gender, or religion, among other characteristics. More specifically, employers need to be careful that their hiring practices aren’t discriminative. For example a height or body BMI requirements can be interpreted as discriminative. Employers may not have intent to discriminate. However, this requirement is discriminative to those with races that are prone to be shorter of thicker build. Harassment is another way that employers can cause lawsuits. Much like discrimination, harasment can be attributed to race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender. One of the more common forms of harassment is sexual harassment. Sexual harassment can be verbal, such as requesting sexual favors, physical, such as groping, visual, such as looking down a woman’s braw. Any gender can be harassed and the person harrasing can be of the same sex. A third, and growing, cause of employment lawsuits are work injuries. Employer’s are required by law in the state of California to have Worker’s compensation insurance to cover medical expenses caused by work related injuries. However the matter can escalate if the employer or insurance company refuse to cover the injury. An employee might file a lawsuit if the injury was caused by direct fault or negligence of the employer. Lastly employers are seeing a rise in the filing of wrongful termination lawsuits. This type of lawsuit can be caused by the previous three examples discrimination, harassment, or work related injury.