The Law at Work: Lessons from botched termination of employee on disability leave
If a disabled employee on leave alerts you that he believes the company is not doing enough to find a vacant position he can perform, address the concern. If the employee is later terminated, and alerts you that his termination was a mistake, offer unconditional reinstatement promptly if you conclude the employee is right. Those are among the lessons from a California Court of Appeal decision earlier this month involving the alleged wrongful termination of an Allergan pharmaceutical sales representative. In his the Law at Work column in the San Diego Union-Tribune, Shareholder Dan Eaton breaks down the case to show how an employer may be liable for the mistaken application of even a legitimate company policy under California’s Fair Employment & Housing Act.
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