Employee allowed to sue employer for inflicting emotional distress intentionally
No impunity for bullying totally unconnected to the employer’s interest A Latina legal assistant worked at the law offices of a male solo practitioner. The employer created an almost unbelievably hostile and disgusting workplace environment. She sued claiming intentional infliction of emotional distress, sexual harassment by hostile work environment and constructive discharge. The jury award… Read More »Employee allowed to sue employer for inflicting emotional distress intentionally
Business Insurance doesn’t reach these assault claims
FACTS A 23 year old ballerina student brought claims of sexual assault occurring on a work-related trip far from home, against a 43 year old instructor/ employee of the school and officer of its business. Recent Massachusetts Appeals Court case dismisses claims that insurers have to defend the conduct alleged in this case. Marculetiu v.… Read More »Business Insurance doesn’t reach these assault claims
A recent Maryland case shows the protection contractors enjoy when their contract includes waivers of subrogation. Gables Construction v Red Coats Md Ct Appeals (2020) PARTIES AND AGREEMENTS Owner – Upper Rock II General Contractor – Gables Construction Project – 139 Unit Apartment Building Contract – AIA A102 with GMP and AIA A201 with waivers… Read More »Why Waive Subrogation? How it works
Employers Become OSHA Investigators Under Updated Virus Rules
ASK WHEN YOU LEARN OSHA standards for COVID 19, updated on May 19, 2020, uses reporting requirements to turn employers into investigators of their own jobsites. The employer must use reasonable efforts to reach conclusions on the questions – Has the pandemic visited your worksite? Was the employee’s COVID work-related? OSHA (the Federal Department of… Read More »Employers Become OSHA Investigators Under Updated Virus Rules
Appeal Threat by Insurer After Verdict Found to Be Bad Faith
Massachusetts case clarifies standards for when insurers must offer reasonable settlements. Chiulli vs. Liberty Mutual Insurance Mass App Ct (2020) See my earlier post on the same issue in another decision www.silverlakelegal.com/bad-faith-only-if-all-other-insurers-would-have-settled/ FACTS Disagreement over a barstool led to a fight just outside the bar. Chiulli one of the battlers, got badly hurt and sued… Read More »Appeal Threat by Insurer After Verdict Found to Be Bad Faith
Retaliatory firing deprived worker of commissions that ripened later but legal penalties tripled the entire sum. Massachusetts SJC Parker v EnterNOC, Inc. (2020) FACTS Parker made a base salary and commissions working for EnterNOC marketing energy efficiency services. Parker made a $20M sale to occur over 5 years but only the first year was guaranteed,… Read More »Wages lost as a result of retaliation get tripled
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