The much anticipated list of top 10 bizarre employment law cases, published annually by The National Law Journal has been released. Among the cases that made the cut are:
- Upholding of a $1.1 million dollar California sexual harassment decision against Larry Flynt (publisher of Hustler magazine) in favor of a former secretary who claimed that Mr. Flynt created a hostile environment by requiring her to warn him when his wife came to the office during his trysts with prostitutes in his office.
- A damage award in favor of a company against a former employee who did no work for months because of his son's alleged cancer. The company learned the truth (that the son did not have cancer) when the company tried to send flowers to the family after being told the boy had died.
- The dismissal of a claim by a former female employee who admittedly engaged in sexually suggestive conduct with the married owner of the company. The owner's wife insisted she be fired. The court said the termination was not on the basis of sex, but to address the owner's wife's concerns.
- A lawsuit by a Drug Enforcement Administration agent against the DEA based on a video, that is making the rounds on the Internet, that shows the agent, during a safety demonstration to school children, shooting himself in the foot moments after telling the children that he was the only one in the room professional enough to handle a gun. He claims the DEA leaked the video, making him the "target of jokes, derision, ridicule and disparaging comments."
- A $1.7 million judgment in favor of a female sales employee in California who was spanked in front of her colleagues as part of a "camaraderie-building exercise."