Employers are holding their breaths once again as they await the California Supreme Court’s decision in Reid v. Google Inc., expected in late August 2010. The already difficult legal landscape for California employers may become tougher to negotiate should the Supreme Court justices reject the "stray remarks doctrine," which has effectively prevented plaintiff employees from bringing tenuous cases of discrimination before a jury.
Quon, the High Court must decide whether a reasonable expectation of privacy extends to text messages sent from a work issued paging device by an employee, and whether the employer’s review of the text messages was reasonable.
Stacy L. Fode is a partner and attorney at Brown Law Group, a boutique business litigation law firm specializing in employment law. The firm practices preventive law, which means that whenever practicable, it helps clients avoid lawsuits. BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY Essential business philosophy: Through an unwavering commitment to excellence and phenomenal teamwork, I seek to deliver […]
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The human resources department of a mid-sized corporation believes it has a handle on all the quirks and intricacies of employment law. It posts employee information on its bulletin boards, has employees read and sign employee handbooks, provides introductory orientation. It covers its bases, or so it believes, until the lawsuit materializes. It could have […]
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