Employment Law

UPDATE: Spankee Awarded $1.7 Million; Will Appear on “Oprah”

An update to last week’s story on the employee who sued after being spanked during "camaraderie-bulding exercises" at a Fresno company — the jury awarded her $500,000 in actual damages and another $1.2 million in punitives.  The plaintiff, Janet Orlando,…



Broker, Employer Battle over Reasons for Firing

Jim Whitehouse is suing his former employer, RBC Dominion Securities, for wrongful dismissal.  He was fired in early 2004 but the parties dispute the reason for the firing. Whitehouse testified that he felt it was due to friction over his…


Teacher Sues for Harassment Due to Farting Chair

Sue Storer formerly taught at Bedminster Down Secondary School in Bristol, England, but resigned last September, saying she had been subjected to sexist and other harassing behavior at work.   While there is nothing funny about the allegations of sexism, the…


Ghosts Ruled Not Grounds for Denying Unemployment Benefits

An Iowa judge ruled this week that a former security guard could not be denied unemployment benefits after being fired on the grounds that he saw ghosts. Wade Gallegos was working for a security company in September when he called…