Earlier this month, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed two lawsuits against employers for illegally using criminal background checks to screen potential employees and even fire individuals who had already been hired. The move by the EEOC protects not only prospective workers from discrimination, but also current employees from wrongful termination.
A second-grade teacher at Holy Trinity School in San Diego has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit because she was put on indefinite leave, which was publicized to students and parents, then ultimately fired -- simply because her abusive ex-husband showed up at the school and made a scene. Her children, who were students at the school, were also asked to leave.
In Oct. 2011, the chief financial officer of one of the world's largest law firms filed a lawsuit claiming she was fired in retaliation for taking a three-month medical leave when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. According to reporters, the firm, Proskauer Rose LLP, is an international corporate law firm based in New York that reported a gross income of $763.5 million last year.
In 2009, a number of groups were investigating what really goes on in poultry processing plants, including a couple of reporters for the Charlotte Observer. Part of the reporters' investigation related to workplace injuries in the poultry industry, so they contacted Bob Whitmore, then head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's record keeping section. In an interview, he revealed that injuries to workers were routinely underreported in the industry and criticized OSHA for allowing that to happen.