Employee Lawsuits Du Jour

Mounting job cuts amid the economic downturn are resulting in an increase in employee lawsuits, according to various news reports.  A  posting yesterday in the New York Times DealBook blog citing a January 31  article in the newspaper by Jonathan Glater speaks to this growing trend. It suggests that laid off employees may have more legal arguments to draw on than in previous recessions due to a raft of employment protection laws passed in better times. However it does acknowledge that employment cases are not easy to win. Meanwhile, an article in the  Washington Post today notes that the number of allegations of job discrimination filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) increased by 15 percent in 2008, compared with 2007. A cautionary note to companies looking to lay off employees comes in a January 22 article at CFO.com. It advises that companies that put together a detailed business plan before announcing layoffs may be able to avoid a trip to court. Desperate times can lead to desperate measures and that brings us to these words of wisdom from Lisa Rickard, president U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform: “America cannot sue its way out of this recession. More lawsuits won’t create more jobs, help consumers or rebuild America’s infrastructure.† Check out I.I.I. facts & stats on litigiousness.  

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