By Howard Kurman, Chairman, Labor & Employment Practice Group, and
Julius Steiner, Principal, Offit Kurman Law Firm
With unemployment a lingering national problem, it’s not surprising that “wrongful termination” lawsuits have become something of a cottage industry.
There are any number of attorneys happy to assist employees who feel they were fired without cause, and as a result, employers are finding themselves in a morass of logistical and legal problems even if the reasons for termination to them seem inarguably “with cause.”
If unemployment remains a constant, the problem of layoffs and lawsuits could be particularly thorny for large, national trucking operations that give the impression — if not quite the reality — of deep pockets. But it is essential that even smaller carriers protect themselves and their other employees ahead of time, and not just go ahead with the termination and react to whatever happens as it is happening.