Four positive signs for employers on the legal front

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By Barbara J Harris

In the last few weeks, there have been encouraging developments, from judge and jury alike, for employers fending off claims by disgruntled workers.

Rochelle Cohen was terminated from Bank of New York/Mellon in 2010 as part of a reduction in force. Ms Cohen, one of many people finding themselves out of work during those difficult economic times, sued her former employer for sex discrimination and violations of the Equal Pay Act.

Earlier this month, a New York City jury found against her on all claims. Employers can indeed win jury trials, which confirms that employers can successfully defend legitimate business decisions, even when challenged in court…

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