Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer

Thursday, January 06, 2005

You Think You Have Problems With Some of Your Employees?

Hopefully, you won't see a headline involving you or your company like the one in today's Miami Herald, Woman found guilty of poisoning her boss. Fortunately, for the boss the employee didn't dump "that much" rat poison into his Dr. Pepper. He recovered after a trip to the emergency room.

The reason for the poisoning -- not that he was such a bad boss, but that he had figured out she had written checks on his account. She just wanted to make him sick enough to go home to give her time to cover her tracks. At the time, she was on probation from having stolen $20,000 from a doctor's office where she had previously worked. The jury's verdict could result in a sentence of up to 30 years in prison. A pretty strong dose, since she turned down a plea that would have resulted in only four years time.

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