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Singer Eddie Money denied dismissal of wrongful termination suit

In the world of music and musicians, the compositions of touring bands changes for a variety of reasons. However, in spite of some public feuds, one does not hear of a band member filing a wrongful termination suit against a lead artist on a frequent basis. Recently, California resident and singer Eddie Money, was denied his request to have such a suit against him dismissed.

According to the complaint filed against the 70s iconic singer, the former drummer for the backup band was terminated in 2015 in favor of the singer's children. The drummer, Glenn Symmonds, claimed that the singer fired him without just cause. Symmonds also claimed that Money subjected him to cruel treatment in response to his ordeal with cancer and an unspecified back injury.

In 2016, the drummer's wife joined in the suit, alleging that Money subjected her to sexual harassment. A California court recently denied Money's request that the suit be dropped for being without merit. The case is set to be heard in November of this year. The singer did win a decision from the court to limit how much information from his depositions makes it into the public record.

Both sides are alleging bad behavior on the part of the other party. An attorney for Money has stated that the singer is permitted to exercise artistic freedom when it comes to who plays in the backup band. Symmonds has stated that he was unjustly fired and that the singer conducted himself in an unprofessional manner in the time leading up to his dismissal from the band. Any California employee who believes that he or she is also a victim of a wrongful termination may likewise file a claim in an effort to seek the best resolution possible.

Source:, "Eddie Money Loses Motion to Dismiss Claims in Ex-Drummer's Wrongful Termination Lawsuit", Dave Lifton, July 8, 2017

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