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The Practical Employer
Helping employers navigate the complicated and ever-changing world of employment and labor laws, rules, and regulations, rationally and pragmatically.

How Much Does it Cost to Defend an Employment Lawsuit?

May 14, 2013
Defending a case through discovery and a ruling on a motion for summary judgment can cost an employer between $75,000 and $125,000. If an employer loses summary judgment (which, much more often than not, is the case), the employer can expect to spend a total of $175,000 to $250,000 to take a case to a jury verdict at trial.
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EEOC Sues Company for Forced Practice of Scientology

May 13, 2013
If any of the EEOC's allegations in the lawsuit are true, the agency is going to have an easy time winning this case, which serves a good reminder that an employer cannot force its employees to conform to, follow, or practice, the employer's chosen religious practices and beliefs.
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Taking Issue With the Term 'Wage Theft'

May 7, 2013
Yes, we have a wage-and-hour problem in this country. Wage-and-hour non-compliance, however, is a sin of omission, not a sin of commission. Employers aren't intentionally stealing; they just don't know any better.
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EEOC Lands Its Largest Settlement Ever

May 6, 2013
I never thought I'd read about a case in which I could say to myself, “A $240 million jury verdict doesn't seem all that out of whack.” Then I read about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's recent $240 million jury verdict against Henry's Turkey Service. The agency alleged that the farm subjected its 32 mentally disabled workers to decades of abuse.
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There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

May 2, 2013
Silicon Valley's tech companies are famous for the perks they offer to lure the best and brightest employees. One such perk—elaborately gourmet free meals. Never one to leave money on the table, the IRS is reportedly examining the taxability of these meals.
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