Many employees believe in doing what is right and move to report questionable activity by their superiors without fear of retaliation. Unfortunately, some employers fire workers who speak up in an effort to keep any claimed unlawful conduct quiet and/or in retaliation for prior acts. A California woman who worked for the San Francisco Police Department asserts that she was the victim of a wrongful termination after reporting an incident that appears to have violated department policy.
Each day many workers across the country believe that they must suffer in silence when they are subjected to discrimination and other unfair treatment. Others fear backlash for coming forward with information that could potentially put them at odds with their companies. California workers should not fear retaliation for speaking out about illicit behavior, but, sadly, retaliation still occurs even though it is illegal. Some companies remove employees who file justified complaints, and this is called wrongful termination.
All employees have the right to go to work feeling comfortable and not needing to worry about being a victim of harassment. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and affected employees may choose to take a stand to put it to an end. A former employee for a California pawn shop claims that he was subjected to harassment and discrimination from his former employer prior to his wrongful termination.
The state of California is considered an “at-will” employment state. This means that an employer can fire any employee for any reason, whenever the employer decides to do so. However, employers are prevented from terminating employment for specific reasons that are considered illegal. Wrongful termination laws exist to protect employees, though many workers may not be aware of their full rights in this area.
Though most employees are satisfied with the conditions of their jobs, there are times when some of them may witness bad practices on the part of their companies. While they may decide that speaking up is the best course of action, they could be punished for doing so by being fired from their position. An unexpected job loss can make it difficult for a person to make ends meet or provide for their family. They may choose to file a wrongful termination suit against their former employer, which is just what two California employees have done.
After recorded conversations leaked, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, was banned from the NBA. Donald Sterling filed a wrongful termination claim in a California courtroom against the NBA and the Commissioner. He claimed that his constitutional rights were violated and that the contract was breached.
A firefighter has brought a claim against a fire chief and the city after he was terminated. He filed a wrongful termination suit, claiming that he lost $180,000 in pay and other damages. In 2011, the California firefighter was accused of sexual battery of several women, and the following year, he was acquitted of the charges.
At some point in time during employment, workers may experience an illness. Some of these illnesses, such as cancer, are serious in nature and may force employees to take on lighter job duties. At times, employers may frown upon this and may terminate the employees. A former California jail manager filed a wrongful termination suit after he allegedly lost his position due to cancer.
The loss of a job position for any reason can put a worker and their family in financial and emotional distress. When this happens, California workers are usually forced to find another avenue of employment or file for unemployment just to pay the bills. If a worker feels they were wrongfully discharged, however, they could have legal options available to pursue. A company called CarMax is faced with a wrongful termination lawsuit from one of its former employees.
A woman who previously worked as a social worker filed suit against her former employer. The California social worker claimed that her job loss was the result of a wrongful termination. The case was originally dismissed, but the employer and the woman have since entered into a settlement for an undisclosed amount.