legal risk arising from wrongful discharge.
What liability and rights do NewCorp and Pat have in this situation? What legal principles — such as statutory or case law — support those liabilities and rights?
When it comes to the first scenario, it is clear that NewCorp fired Pat based upon the views that he expressed at a public gathering. While this cannot be directly proven, various pieces of circumstantial evidence are illustrating how this is the case. As, he was not given any kind of notification for: unsatisfactory behavior at work. This is important, because it means that the company does have a potential legal liability (based upon these actions).
The statutory rule that company is violating is the provisions of: intentional discrimination (under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964). This states that it is illegal for employers, to fire someone based upon: actions that they may not agree with or endorse. As, this is considered to be: targeting an individual for some kind of disciplinary action (to include termination). (Cheeseman, 2010, pp. 511 — 527)
When you analyze this situation in comparison with this law, it is clear that Pat could make an effective argument that NewCorp did not follow these provisions. The reason why, is because there is no track record of any kind of employee performance issues in the past. It was not until Pat voiced his opinions about various political issues (in a public forum), that he became a problem employee. In this aspect, one could argue that NewCorp violated the law (due to the fact that there is no documentation of any kind past employee behavioral issues). As a result, NewCorp has a responsibility to show a pattern of cause for Pats termination (based on actual documentation).
Since it does not exist, this means that this will become liability that will hurt them in any kind of civil case. As far as Pat is concerned, he has a responsibility to prove that he did everything possible, to live up to the various provisions of the employment contract. This reduces his liabilities, as he can show that his basic civil rights were violated (due to his political opinions).
As a result, NewCorp will more than likely face stiff penalties under the law if Pat sues and there is a trial. Some of the possible remedies that the court could be imposed upon the company include: they could order Pat to be reinstated to his original position, there could be substantial monetary penalties and the company could become the target of similar lawsuits. (Cheeseman, 2010, pp. 511 — 527)
4.2 Evaluate legal risk associated with employment discrimination and harassment.
What liability does NewCorp have in this situation? What actions might NewCorp take? Identify which legal principles, such as statutory or case law, support your responses.
The basic liability that NewCorp is wrestling with in this situation is that they are not providing a safe working environment for Paula. Evidence of this can be seen with Sam and her having romantic relationship that ended on bad terms. As Sam is using this, to prevent Paula from being transferred to other departments and is showing very aggressive behavior (citing the quality of her work after the break up).
The basic legal principal that would apply is case law precedent. The most notable example of this.