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California State employee files wrongful termination claim

Though most employees have confidence in the security of their job, many do not. Employees who are unexpectedly fired may find it difficult to pay their bills or manage their expenses. If they feel that there is a valid reason why they should not have been let go, they may decide to file a wrongful termination claim against their former employer. One former California State University employee has done just that after he claimed that he was fired for research that contradicted a belief that many of his other colleagues share.

The scientist’s expertise is in microscopic evidence that points to the idea that the Earth is not as old as many believe. He claims he has always been interested in this field since childhood and has since made many contributions to the scientific community. He reports that he was conducting research on a dinosaur fossil and found some material that supported his hypotheses. After recording his findings in a scientific journal and sharing his ideas with students, he says the university fired him over his discovery.

The scientist believes that he was discriminated against because of his religion. He has since filed a suit against the state of California in relation to his termination. The school told him that his position was contractual and that it did not have the finances to extend his employment. The university has not issued any public comment at this time

Employees have the right to free speech and to hold any opinion they please, as protected by the First Amendment. If they feel that they were terminated for their beliefs -- or for any unjustifiable reason -- they may decide to file a wrongful termination claim. A successfully litigated claim could result in financial restitution that could help them cover any lost wages or other financial losses related to the firing.

Source:, "University fires scientist after dinosaur discovery offers young earth evidence", Sarah Padbury, July 25, 2014

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