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CVS Pharmacy recently lost a motion to dismiss a case alleging a hostile work environment caused by: (1) directions to use racial profiling against black and Hispanic store customers; and (2) an alleged barrage of racial slurs in the workplace. In denying CVS Pharmacy’s motion, the court focused, in part, on the fact that a reasonable jury could … Continue reading CVS Pharmacy’s Code of Conduct & Ethics Hotline Featured in Recent Litigation
In Yocum v. Commonwealth, an attorney working for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (“the Board”) challenged, as unconstitutional, certain temporal employment restrictions imposed upon attorneys by the Board. The Board’s restrictions stated that any employee of the Board was restricted for a period of two years after termination of employment with the Board from: (1) accepting employment … Continue reading PA Supreme Court Weighs in on Post- Employment Restrictions Finding Restrictions Apply Equally to Attorneys
This week, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee dismissed a case against Wal-Mart that involved several calls to Wal-Mart Global Ethics. See Hall v. Wal-Mart Stores, 2017 U.S. Dist. Lexis 75208. The only cause of action that the ex-Wal-Mart employee brought against Wal-Mart, however, was a statutory claim under the … Continue reading For Whom does the Whistle Blow? Common Law versus Statutory Law
When it comes to explaining where and how to report violations of your company’s code of conduct, does your code of conduct speak loud enough or does it mumble? If employees pick up a copy of the code today are the channels for reporting clear? Would a jury agree that the procedures for reporting are … Continue reading Does Your Code of Conduct Speak Loud Enough?