Obtaining employment in one's chosen field is the goal that most workers hope to achieve. Once satisfactory employment has been secured, most people probably do not worry about falling victim to a wrongful termination. Unfortunately, there are times when workers find themselves fired without clear justification. While not every instance qualifies as an unwarranted termination, California residents do have rights to seek redress in certain circumstances.
One man who was fired from his job has now filed a civil suit against the mayor of the town for which he worked. He was initially hired by the mayor at the beginning of 2016. The town council officially approved his contract in the summer of that year. His legal representative stated that since he was employed as a building code inspector under a contract, he was not subjected to the rules that applied to regular town employees.
The man asserts that he was terminated via email from the mayor in September and he was not afforded the opportunity to meet with the town's council members for an official list of complaints that would have justified his firing. Furthermore, his suit maintains that the mayor does not have the power to fire without support from other council members. The former enforcement officer maintains that his ability to find new employment has been harmed by his termination and that his name has been tainted by the mayor's actions.
The man is seeking financial compensation for an estimated $750,000 for lost wages and for damages he suffered as a result of his firing. The mayor has not responded to the suit as of yet and the case is expected to go to trial in the next few months. California workers who find themselves in similar circumstances may elect to seek information from an attorney well-versed in employment law in order to determine whether they may have a case for a wrongful termination.
Source: potomaclocal.com, "Dumfries building official claims wrongful termination, sues mayor Potomac Local", Dec. 27, 2016