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Supreme Court Adopts "Cat's Paw" Theory of Liability in Staub v. Proctor Hospital

by Martin Salcedo, Esq. - The Human Equation on 7/6/2011
From The Monkey and the Cat, Jean de la Fontaine

No more are the princes, by flattery paid
For furnishing help in a different trade,
And burning their fingers to bring
More power to some mightier king.

Some time ago, we posed the following question to our readers: Can an employer be held liable under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII) for racial discrimination even though the actual decision-maker did not know that the employee was being fired because he was African American?More...

Does an Employee have to File a Written Complaint to be Protected by the FLSA’s Anti-Retaliation Provision?

by Martin Salcedo, Esq. - The Human Equation on 6/9/2011

Like many employment-related laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which is the federal law governing minimum wages, maximum hours, and overtime pay, includes an anti-retaliation provision. In Katsen v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., Case No. No. 09-834, the United States Supreme Court was called upon to decide whether the FLSA’s anti-retaliation provision protects only those employees submitting written complaints of FLSA violations in their workplace.More...

Job References

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 10/6/2008

A former employee is currently interviewing for a new job, and the prospective employer is now asking me for a reference. More...

Firing easy for Trump, dangerous for others - "The two riskiest things an employer can do are hire or fire somebody," one Blacksburg attorney said.

by Don Simmons Jr. - Reprinted with permission from The Roanoke Times April 15th, 2004, www.roanoke.com. on 12/31/2003

PULASKI - "You're fired."

How easily that haunting phrase rolls off the tongue these days.

Those two little words have launched New York City impresario Donald Trump back into the limelight. More...

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