The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals is the federal circuit court that interprets federal law for Minnesota and six other states in the region. So whenever disputes arise over how to read federal employment laws, the 8th Circuit gets the final say for the region unless the U.S. Supreme Court reverses them.
Without admitting any wrongdoing, Carrols Corporation, the world's largest operator of Burger King franchises, recently settled a multi-state lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Carrols operates 575 Burger King restaurants in 13 states, although apparently not in Minnesota. In fact, just last year Carrols acquired 278 Burger King restaurants, and Burger King Corporation gained a 28.9 percent stake in Carrols.
In the first part of this two-part post, we discussed the EEOC's new fact sheet for employers on how to avoid discrimination against victims of domestic violence and stalking. Perhaps in response to some highly publicized workplace shootings by perpetrators of domestic violence, the agency fears that people in abusive relationships could find themselves additionally victimized by adverse job actions, sudden termination, or not being hired simply because of a perceived risk that their abusers might pose a risk to others.
In the last two years, there were a number of highly publicized, violent attacks by abusive spouses who went on shooting sprees at their victims' workplaces. In cases in Wisconsin, Florida and California, abusers killed a total of 14 people, two of whom were the spouses of the killers. Such events are shocking, and they can lead companies to fear the possible consequences of employing victims of domestic violence.