|Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer|
Friday, July 22, 2005
Bad Week to Be a Jailer in California - Bad Press and a $20 Million MDV
It is simply this: beginning at age 70, require every life-tenured professor and every life-tenured judge to take a test of mental acuity every five years. (I use these simply as examples of "light" jobs from which the occupant is unlikely to be forced to retire by the demands that the job places on him.) The test results would be available to the members of the professor's department or the judge's court but to no others. The results would not be a basis for a determination of incapacity; they would not even be admissible in a competence hearing. The expectation rather is that a poor test result would persuade the individual, perhaps by persuading his colleagues who would in turn persuade him, or persuade members of his family to persuade him, to retire voluntarily.Wegis was able to report that "tests showed that Johnson had the mental acuity of a much younger person."
And for the second MDV report in a row -- a bit of understatement (I hope) from the defense side of the table:
It came as a bit of a shock because of the excessive nature of the dollar amount. It will lead us to appeal the decision next month. [emphasis added]Just a bit.