by Michael Fox
This one actually closer to home, and a couple of weeks ago while I was on vacation. Dallas jury awards a Mary Kay representative or employee (that was one of the battles), $11.2 million dollars. Just a review of the facts lets you see how the plaintiff could weave a sympathetic tale. Stellar performer, fired when she had cancer, even though she battled to work while sick. Obviously, the company had another story, but also was relying heavily on a legal point that she was not an employee but an independent contractor. This may be a classic example of a 'bad facts, good law point' case. The employer may ultimately win, but there can be considerable pain and discomfort before that stage rolls around. See the story on law.com.