California account executive wins wrongful termination suit

Playboy has been sued by a former employee. The former account executive filed a wrongful termination suit after allegedly bringing certain company mishaps to light. A California jury awarded the former employee $6 million, not including punitive damages.

Reportedly, the former account executive made management aware of fraud practices within the company. After she made management aware of this, the CFO refused to talk to her and even excluded her from company meetings. Since the meetings usually had vital information needed for her to perform her job, she was forced to handle her duties with almost no help. Eventually, she learned that the company was executing a plan to terminate employees who were older and had been employed for over 10 years.

The woman was laid off from her position and did not receive her severance pay. The jury reached a verdict and agreed that the woman was discriminated against due to her age. The jury also determined that she was wrongfully terminated out of retaliation which is a violation of the whistleblower protections act. The case is set to transition to a punitive damages phase.

Job loss can put an individual and his or her family in financial distress. This is especially true if the individual was fired for unlawful or discriminatory reasons. Workers who have been terminated due to discrimination or retaliation may have the right to file wrongful termination claims against the employers who have committed these unlawful actions. As with this case, the former employee was awarded millions, and successfully navigated claims may help other California employees protect their legal rights and increase their chances of gaining some financial relief.

Source: thewrap.com, Playboy Must Pay $6 Million to Fired Executive in Largest Federal Whistleblower Verdict Ever, No author, March. 6, 2014

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