Life is always evolving. Sometimes families are greeted by newly born or adopted members. Sometimes families experience the significant illness or injury of one of their own. When these joyous and challenging life events occur, the law generally protects the rights of employees to take time off without fear of incurring employment discrimination as a result of that leave.
The childhood playground adage that sticks and stones may break bones but words can do no harm is quite simply false. When words are strong enough and said in a certain context, they can do great harm. Thankfully, a recent ruling by the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit holds that when even a single statement is egregious enough, an employee may bring suit against his or her employer for race discrimination or other forms of harassment.