Because every company has its own way of dealing with employee concerns, there may be unique concerns that arise. Although these companies may have their own way of doing things as far as human resources go, every company still has specific local and federal employment laws they have to follow. If their company-specific ways do not follow the guidelines laid out by law, they may end up facing a lawsuit.
There is a current case hitting the news media against Yahoo. A former editor has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the company. The man has made allegations against the company's performance rating system and has also made allegations that stem from being fired in 2014.
Yahoo apparently uses a system they call Q.P.R. to rate their employees in terms of performance. The rating system is on a scale of 1 to 5. The company has allegedly used this system to fire many employees since 2012. The lawsuit against the company points out that some managers have manipulated scores in order to fire some employees without actual cause.
The man was fired after he took a leave during the summer for a fellowship program in another state. The leave was apparently approved by two executives at the company. Nonetheless, the man was given low ratings and eventually fired after he complained about the Q.P.R. system.
This lawsuit may be shining a light on the bigger issues at Yahoo. Besides this new issue, the company apparently failed to give employees proper notice in 2014 and 2015 that they were being laid off. A certain amount of notice is required by state and federal law. Not following these regulations could lead to penalties for the company.