According to a 2000 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Reeves v. Sanderson Plumbing Products, Inc., an employee may have a right to a jury trial based on discrimination even where no direct evidence of discrimination is offered. The Reeves decision clarifies the standard of proof a plaintiff must meet to submit an employment discrimination case to a jury.
Section 525 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code prohibits employers from firing or otherwise discriminating against a person who “is or has been a debtor” in bankruptcy. This anti-discrimination provision of the Code is intended to further the goal of allowing debtors who have formally filed for bankruptcy to make a “fresh start.”
Many employers, recognizing the business advantages inherent in its use, regularly provide their employees with access to the Internet. Increased employee access, however, has resulted in increased employer liability. Employee misuse of the Internet can expose employers to civil and criminal liability in both state and federal courts.