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Injunction Against Workplace Violence May Be Supported By Hearsay Evidence

Kaiser Found. Hospitals v. Wilson, 201 Cal. App. 4th 550 (2011) The trial court considered hearsay evidence in issuing injunctions under Cal. Code Civ. Proc. § 527.8, prohibiting Jeff Wilson (the husband of a terminated Kaiser employee) from committing acts of violence or making threats of violence against two Kaiser employees. The trial court considered … Continue Reading

Criminal Conviction Of Former Employee Who Threatened Company Officials Is Upheld

United States v. Sutcliffe, 505 F.3d 944 (9th Cir. 2007) Sutcliffe, a computer technician, was convicted of three counts of making interstate threats (via the Internet) to injure another and five counts of transferring social security numbers with the intent to aid and abet unlawful activity. Global Crossing terminated Sutcliffe’s employment shortly after he was hired … Continue Reading

Employer Subjected To Threats Of Workplace Violence Was Entitled To Injunction

USS-Posco Indus. v. Edwards, 111 Cal. App. 4th 436 (2003) Ezell Edwards was terminated from his employment as a mill worker at USS-Posco Industries’ (UPI’s) tin mill after he made generalized threats of violence against UPI, including a statement that “they’re going to have to change the company’s name from USS-Posco to USSColumbine.” The trial … Continue Reading

Employee Who Failed To Report “Illegal Activities” Was Not Terminated In Violation Of Public Policy

Rivera v. National R.R. Passenger Corp., 331 F.3d 1074 (9th Cir. 2003) After John Rivera, who worked for Amtrak as a night watchman, threatened to “blow people away” in Amtrak’s San Jose office, the local police went to his home and found drugs, drug paraphernalia and an unregistered assault rifle with ammunition. Rivera was terminated … Continue Reading
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