What 11th Circ. Kia Ruling Means For HR Employee Conflicts

Law360 (August 17, 2020, 3:07 PM EDT) -- In an important victory for employers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit sitting en banc held in Gogel v. Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Inc.[1] that an employer could lawfully discharge a human resources manager who the employer believed secretly solicited a fellow team member to file a lawsuit against it.

While such a solicitation would likely have been legally protected had it been made by a non-HR employee, the Eleventh Circuit concluded it ran afoul of the court's long-standing precedent that an employee's right to oppose discriminatory acts does not give the employee license to engage in acts...

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