Employment Lessons From 'Desperate Housewives' Case

Law360, New York (March 29, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT) -- Television characters get killed off all the time. It is an occupational hazard in Hollywood. When a character is written out of a script, however, typically the next act isn't a wrongful termination lawsuit. That is just one of the reasons that the lawsuit brought by "Desperate Housewives" actress Nicollette Sheridan was newsworthy. The case, which ended in mistrial when the jury could not reach a verdict, showed the difficulty of applying employment law in an area where it does not fit well. Still, the lawsuit does offer pertinent lessons for employers inside and outside of Hollywood.

Sheridan, who played Wisteria...

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