The Inbox - January 25, 2013

| Jason M. Knott

"Horses on the Farm"

As the snow accumulates, so does the Suits by Suits news:

  • Andrew Wilson of the Louisville Courier-Journal brings us the fascinating story of family strife at the American Life and Accident Insurance Company of Kentucky.  Wilson reports that Nancy “Nana” Lampton, the chair and CEO of the company, has been sued by her brothers for corporate waste.  They claim that Lampton is using the company for her own personal financial gain, including buying horse farms, commissioning a symphony, building a green roof, and other perks.  Lucille Bluth is still not impressed.
  • Donna Ballman of the employment law blog “Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home” discusses a recent case involving a vegan who survived a motion to dismiss her claim of religious discrimination.  Ballman notes in her post that you don’t have to be practicing a traditional religion to be the protected from religious discrimination, so long as you hold a moral and ethical belief as to what is right or wrong “with the strength of traditional religious views.” 
  • The Delaware Employment Law Blog addresses the duty to mitigate in wrongful termination actions.  Molly DiBianca writes that an employee who claims that she was terminated for discriminatory reasons can’t receive “front pay” – i.e., future pay she would have received but for her termination – if she doesn’t make a constant good faith effort to seek similar employment.
  • From across the pond, Josh Halliday of The Guardian reports that the BBC is under the gun from Parliament for the £450,000 severance payment it made to its former director general, George Entwistle.  Entwistle resigned after working for only 54 days, during a sexual assault scandal involving a British childrens’ television presenter.