When one invests time, energy and passion into a chosen field, being accused of improper conduct can cause many undesirable consequences. If those allegations lead to an individual losing his or her job, then there may be basis for a wrongful termination claim. California workers who are facing this scenario do have the right to seek a suitable resolution.
In August of this year, one veteran peace officer found himself on the wrong side of allegations. It was believed that he violated departmental policy regarding allegedly filing false reports concerning call responses. The man was terminated from his position as an officer. He has filed appeals disputing the allegations and his firing but, thus far, both the city commission and the Civil Service Commission in his city have upheld his termination.
Recently, the man received some vindication when the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board of North Dakota ruled that he was not in violation of any of the codes that regulate an officer's conduct or duties. This determination in his favor will allow him to retain his license as a peace officer. He stated that he is relieved that the Board ruled in his favor but that he is reluctant to seek employment elsewhere since his family is rooted in the Fargo community. He further stated that he is reviewing his options, considering how he wishes to pursue a claim against his firing.
The city police department has not responded to this most recent decision regarding the officer's right to retain his license, as the matter is still being considered by the attorney general's office. The officer is uncertain whether he wants to file a third appeal over his wrongful termination claim. California employees who stand accused of any inappropriate conduct that may have led to an unjust termination are protected by certain employment laws that may apply to their particular situation. An attorney who is well-versed in these statutes, and who routinely fights to protect workers, may be an invaluable resource for finding the most equitable solution to these distressing circumstances.
Source: wday.com, "Former Fargo Police Officer speaks out on what he calls a 'wrongful termination'", Sarah Rudlang, Dec. 18, 2017