A former school district operations manager in another state claimed in a lawsuit that he was unfairly ousted from his school district. In response to this, the district recently decided to pay the man $175,000 to settle the wrongful termination lawsuit. Like the former school district operations manager, anyone in California who is wrongfully terminated from his or her job has the right to take legal action in an effort to right any wrong that has been committed.
In the recent out-of-state case, the former operations manager claimed he was essentially forced to quit his job after shedding light on some of the chief operating officer's reportedly unethical actions. For instance, he asserted that the officer improperly used school property. The officer also allegedly falsified employee time cards and received incorrect vendor payments.
This settlement is the second one reached by the district in connection with an investigation into the chief operating officer's conduct. The district's previous human resource director settled for a total of $985,000 with the district back in January. This particular settlement came after his position was eliminated following his reporting of the chief operating officer's conduct to internal investigators.
Unfortunately, companies in California sometimes wrongfully fire employees -- a move that can quickly tarnish an employee's reputation and hurt his or her chances of claiming similar jobs in the future. Fortunately, anyone who is a victim of wrongful termination has the right to file a lawsuit against his or her former employer, seeking damages. A successfully fought suit may lead to monetary relief or even the reinstatement of a job, depending on the circumstances surrounding the case.
Source: desmoinesregister.com, "Eric Rose: Waukee school district settles whistleblower's lawsuit", Kim Norvell, May 21, 2018