California employees can lose their jobs for many reasons, many of which are legitimate, such as workforce reductions or business closures. However, it is not uncommon for employees to be dismissed for unlawful reasons that lead to wrongful termination claims. Victims of illegal employment practices may have viable claims against employers.
A dental technician filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against her former employer, claiming retaliation because she reported a patient's sexual harassment to the police. According to the complaint, the plaintiff has another lawsuit pending against the well-known actor Charlie Sheen. The plaintiff alleges that she was verbally and physically attacked by the actor when he visited the dentist's office for care. She alleges he groped her breast and interfered with her underwear while she was assisting the dentist during the consultation.
She claims to have pulled free and tried to flee the room when Sheen allegedly threatened to kill her. Her employer allegedly called her back and would not let her leave the room. She claims the actor then jumped from the dentist's chair and punched her in the chest. It is also claimed that the actor's bodyguard handed the plaintiff $500 before leaving the facility. The dental technician filed a police report against Sheen the following day and claims to have been fired within three days of filing the police report.
The plaintiff's lawsuit against the dentist alleges wrongful termination, sexual harassment and retaliation. She seeks an unspecified amount of damages. Because employment law is a complicated field, many workers choose to retain the services of experienced California employment law attorneys to protect their rights and fight for the recovery of damages. Compensation will be determined by the circumstances of each case but may include reinstatement, recovery of lost income, the cost of securing alternative employment, loss of future income, legal fees and more.
Source: Studio City, Ca. Patch, "Dental Technician Alleges She Was Fired for Reporting Assault by Charlie Sheen", Paige Austin, Oct. 21, 2015