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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Will the Economy Turn Juries Against Employers?

A recent article from the National Law Journal says ... maybe.

Some attorneys believe that increased lay-offs will bring more sympathy for employees who have been terminated or suffered discrimination or harassment, and that corporate mis-management scandals have eroded the public trust in corporate America. Others believe that jurors will take into account how badly companies are doing, and that all the news about lay-offs will lead jurors to believe that terminations are justified.

I believe that the cases that are most likely to increase in value are whistle-blower cases in which an employee raises concerns about an employer's management and suffers retaliation or termination as a result. These cases will raise juries' sympathy for the terminated employee and their anger at corporate mismanagement.

You can find the article here.

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