(PRWEB) July 22, 2012
The Law Firm of Pozzuolo Rodden P.C., announces the release of the article "Hot Topics in Employment Law". Below is a sample of the first couple of paragraphs. If you would like to read more, please read the full article at http://www.pozzuolo.com/Pubs_Newsletters.shtml
I. Terminating An “At‐Will” Employee
In Pennsylvania, absent contractual provisions to the contrary, employees are considered “atwill,” which means either party can terminate the employment relationship at any time for any reason or no reason. The trick is to avoid pitfalls creating situations where the “at will” employment status is relinquished. There are certain statutes and case law that impose various restrictions on an employer’s free reign to terminate an “at‐will” employee. Employers can make themselves vulnerable to wrongful termination suits for firing an “at‐will” employee for the following reasons:
1. Statutory Restrictions
Both federal and state legislation have limited the “at‐will” employment doctrine by placing restrictions on an employer’s ability to terminate an employee under certain circumstances. One of the most well known limitations on an employer’s right to terminate an “at will” employee is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it illegal to discriminate against an employee (or job applicant) in the terms and conditions of employment, including termination of employment, because of the employee’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin and veterans status. Other federal statutes limiting the employer’s ability to terminate an “at will” employee include, but are not limited to, the following: Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. Additionally, Pennsylvania state statutes, such as the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, limit an employer’s ability to terminate employees.………………….………………………………
If you would like to read more, please read the full article "Hot Topics in Employment Law" at http://www.pozzuolo.com/Pubs_Newsletters.shtml
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