Explain any legal options that might be open to the business owner, as well as to the customer and how those legal options would probably get resolved.

I would like to not have the case study done just like the example. I know the teacher is looking for “individual ingenuity and creativity”.

My Chapter is on Corporations. The book for the class is Business Law Volume 2 Miller/Cross, Cengage Learning 2009.

Case Study Instructions:
1. Each student will be required to create a hypothetical business in which he/she is the owner and chief operating officer. You will describe your business by indicating what it does, how many employees it has, what type of business entity it is (e.g., sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, Limited Liability Company ((LLC)). This same hypothetical (or real) business may be referred to in each hypothetical (case study) if you choose (you can create a new business, if you wish). On the week you have been assigned to post, you will create a fictional legal scenario (legal problem concerning the business – also referred to as a case study) involving an issue covered in the current week’s reading and apply the legal principles found in your textbook readings to your hypothetical business. If the student’s business is a shoe store, the student might explain how the issues covered in the current week’s readings affect his/her shoe store. For example, if the week’s readings covered the legal issue of breach of contract, the student might create a scenario in which an unhappy customer wants to return a pair of six month old, previously worn shoes. Further, the student will explain any legal options that might be open to the business owner, as well as to the customer and how those legal options would probably get resolved. This posting should be 400 to 500 words and should include the identity (or link) to any references used, and any additional information or research deemed pertinent by the student. A sample case study will be posted in the Course Documents module in Blackboard.

2. The idea here is to stimulate discussion with and among your classmates and to generate genuine interest and excitement for the class. Outside research shared with the class is required to receive full credit. Use your ability to create links, or any other online tool available to you. Do not use Wikipedia as a resource – although that website is informative, it is also collaborative and not suitable for scholarly writings. Points will be awarded based on the quality of writing (grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage, etc.), the quality, relevance and complete nature of the submission; the student’s explanation of why the issue is of significance to business administration students; and the outside research and insight you bring to the class. The idea here is to have fun while learning.

3. You might create a scenario using funny or interesting names, the situation might be humorous or ironic, etc. Please remember to always be respectful and professional (see netiquette at http://www.albion.com/netiquette/).

*Student Case Study Example
Student Case Study (13.01 Kb) (Below)

Hi. Many students have asked for an example of an acceptable case study. I have attached an excellent case study submitted by a student in the Fall Term (with permission). I have hesitated to post examples in the past because students tend to "model" their work to the example without showing individual ingenuity and creativity. This is just an example (and an excellent and complete one at that). You may use whatever style or format you wish, so long as the submission falls within the parameters of the assignment.
You have the option of using interesting or comical names, creative and "pithy" examples, etc.

William-Shannon Investments, LLP
14500 Peach Blossom Blvd. suite 0002
Atlanta, Georgia 14500-0002
*Company Background
WSI is a limited liability partnership with its main headquarters in Atlanta and 28 eco-friendly properties in exotic locations across the globe. My partner Shannon and I are the two general partners and the 5 limited partners include our collective parents. WSI is proud to have luxurious, villa- style bungalows, deluxe condominiums, and penthouses in some of the most beautiful and pristine natural locations. Our exclusive clients enjoy a private paradise location which provides a charming and satisfying sense of home as well. We offer 11 floor plans to choose from with private and semi-private homeowner options. WSI’s mission is to provide the very best services, hospitality, and amenities to our clients to ensure them a private and safe family atmosphere. We take pride in the professionalism of our employees who provide these services to our guests. Our employees allow our guests to relax, undisturbed with the respect and privacy they are entitled to. WSI requires all employee candidates to submit to pre-employment drug and alcohol screening, a background check of previous employers and criminal history. New employees are trained thoroughly in their job duties in order to perform them to our standards. Our employees are given a company handbook and asked to read it from cover to cover. The employee is then asked to sign several acknowledgements that he or she is aware of WSI’s company policies. These policies include sexual harassment, pay rates and pay schedule, equal opportunity employment, dress code, benefits, and several others.
*Legal Issue
A cabana attendant at our resort property in beautiful Ma’alaea Cove in Maui has recently been terminated after several verbal and written warnings for his violation of our sexual harassment and dress code policies. The cabana attendant was seen wearing his pants below his waist, exposing his underpants to several co-workers. The other employees felt like it was a case of reverse sexual harassment, the issue was addressed with a verbal warning. A week later, a guest noticed the cabana attendant’s underpants when he lifted his shirt to wipe sweat from his brow. Management was informed and the employee received a written and final warning. Management stressed that he was not to wear his clothing in a manor that would expose any part of his underpants. The employee was also told that employees are required to have their shirt tucked in while at work. The employee followed policy for another week when another client, an owner this time, witnessed the employee remove his shirt, loosen a belt, and expose his underwear. The employee was observed by several people walking across the grounds towards a parking lot and eventually to a parked car in which he entered and left the premises. Management was made aware of this by the very angry and embarrassed owner, who was entertaining his grandchildren at the time the employee removed his shirt and loosened his belt. The employee was terminated the following day upon his arrival to work.
*Resolving the Legal Issue
The employee explained that he was off duty, that he had just punched out, on his way to his car, and was "really, really hot." We reminded him that after his first two warnings, that the violations would no longer be tolerated due to the prestigious nature of our clients and the value we hold in our wonderful properties. After termination, the employee sought an attorney, who made us aware of his client’s intent to sue WSI for wrongful termination based on discrimination. The former employee’s attorney argued that WSI discriminated against his client’s way of dress, because the position of his pants, in proximity to the waist, was not clearly defined in the employee handbook’s section about the dress code. WSI and our attorneys argued that the employee was made aware of the policy after the initial complaint and subsequent warning. The second instance was considered insubordination and the third violation became reasonable cause for termination. The lawsuit was dropped by the former employee when WSI agreed to proceed with the suit and was uninterested in settling out of court.


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