When an employee in California or anywhere around the country discovers unethical or illegal practices in the workplace, there is often a sense of obligation to make authorities aware of the situation. Reporting unethical or illegal activities should be accomplished without fear or reprisal. However, an engineer for the Five Cities Fire Authority recently filed a wrongful termination lawsuit when he was terminated after reporting several labor violations.
The fire engineer claims that he learned his employer had not adequately paid into the organization's retirement system. He stated that although he had been hired as a part-time employee, he had worked full-time hours, as it pertains to the retirement statues in California. According to the statues, anyone working over 1,000 hours should be receiving benefits in the California Public Employees Retirement System, or CalPERS. The engineer evidently made his management aware that many employees were working over 1,000 hours per year, yet were not receiving the benefits to which they were entitled.
After management learned of the findings, the engineer was terminated for failing to complete his duties during a probation period. The termination came after the employee had received two positive performance evaluations. The former employee alleges that the Five Cities Fire Authority retaliated against him and he was wrongfully terminated.
When someone has been fired from a job after reporting questionable activity in the workplace, he or she may have grounds to file a wrongful termination lawsuit. A successful claim could result in a monetary award for loss of compensation or even reinstatement to a job. A California employment attorney can assist clients through every step of the litigation process.