If it feels like there are major political news stories everyday, you aren't alone. This has been a trend since last year, and recently one of the big lightning rod stories has been the mutual acknowledgement of Bill O'Reilly and FOX News that the commentator could no longer have a space on FOX's airwaves in light of numerous sexual harassment lawsuits against O'Reilly.
As employees, we all work hard to earn our paychecks and make our bosses proud. Our jobs are important for a variety of reasons, including our wages and benefits, our productivity, our growth as individuals, and fulfilling our responsibilities. It is easy to forget, though, that as employees we have rights. This is because companies and businesses often feel like all-powerful and controlling entities. While they do have a lot of power and control, they aren't immune to legal challenges. And they certainly don't have legal justification to violate your rights.
The issues that surround Wells Fargo are numerous and the once-esteemed bank has fallen into a position that leaves their future murky and clouded. Without getting into all of these problems, let's focus on just one that involves employment law and whistleblowers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) decided that Wells Fargo must rehire a former manager that they fired and pay him $5.4 million to account for lost wages, attorney fees and punitive damages.
A woman who worked as a truck driver and had her sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit dismissed by a lower court has been given a second chance by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The appellate court ruled that the woman's claim was sufficient enough to proceed, overturning a lower court's decision of summary judgement, effectively dismissing the case.