Whether employees should be paid for using company issued Blackberry devices was a question posed over at LinkedIn. I answered the question because I thought it was an especially timely one these days. Lawsuits for unpaid overtime are growing increasingly common. The Fair Labor Standards Act that governs federal overtime law has long been one of the most frequently violated laws in America. As mobile technologies become more commonly used by employees, the wage and hour laws are becoming even more difficult for employers to correctly apply.
Ohio Employment Law Blog
Employment retaliation was the subject of my posts right before the holiday weekend. I return to continue discussing the anti-retaliation statute in Title VII. This is the employment retaliation law addressed by the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in the interesting and important Niswander v. Cincinnati Insurance Co. case.
Retaliation lawsuits have been on the rapid rise in the recent past. The Niswander v. Cincinnati Insurance Company decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals demonstrates why both employees and employers should take care to hire only skilled employment lawyers to fight retaliation lawsuits. Retaliation lawsuits are among the trickiest for employees and most dangerous for employers to fight. This one arose under Title VII's law against retaliation.
Earlier today, I posted about a retaliation lawsuit won by an employer. These are truly significant cases. Look at what just happened in a Cleveland, Ohio retaliation lawsuit. Hours ago, a jury awarded an employee $46.6 million dollars. The case is Luri v. Republic Services, of Ohio LLC in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.