an update for the week of september 11, 2006
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Is There a Good Way to Get Fired?: Perhaps not, but there are definitely some really bad ways that employees have suddenly lost their jobs. Radio Shack made headlines last week for delivering the 21st century version of the pink slip by laying off over 400 employees via e-mail. The resulting publicity then spawned some stories about even more egregious ways that companies have decided to divest themselves of unwanted employees. They'd almost be funny, except when you realize that each one of these stories involves someone who lost their livelihood without warning, beginning a struggle that in some cases can go on for years, as employees try to recreate what they've lost.
this week in the courts
Zielinski v. Pabst Brewing Co., Inc.  (Seventh Circuit; No. 05-4742)
Decision Date: September 7, 2006
Summary judgment for brewing company in a class action suit seeking injunctive relief and damages related to changes in a prescription drug plan for retired workers is vacated and the case remanded where: 1) the presumption against vesting was overcome by the language and lack of end date in a shutdown agreement; and 2) the plaintiff class is entitled to benefits adjusted according to the duration of the commitment made by the employers.
Petruska v. Gannon Univ.  (Third Circuit; No. 05-1222)
Decision Date: September 6, 2006
The circuit court adopts the "ministerial exception" doctrine and holds that it applies to bar any claim, the resolution of which would limit a religious institution's right to choose who will perform particular spiritual functions.
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