A woman who says her employer fired her for reporting sexual harassment is taking her former boss to court, according to local sources. The Stockton, California woman alleges the dentist she worked for created a sexually dangerous atmosphere in the workplace and then fired her for calling him on his behavior. She is suing for wrongful termination.
The board of directors of a men's clothier franchise have decided that the founder of the company is no longer suited to serve as the spokesman. The founder and former executive director of the company claims that the firing is a wrongful termination. The executive directors of The Men's Warehouse, which is well known for both its merchandise and tag line, says that the fired founder was no longer fit to serve as the face of the business.
American workers spend a large percentage of our waking lives within the workplace. Because we give so much of our time to our jobs, we expect to be treated fairly and compensated in the manner laid out by our employment agreements as well as California law. When workers do not receive the compensation that they have earned, many try to handle their workplace dispute through the channels within their company. When those efforts fail, the employee is left with little choice but to turn to litigation to rectify the matter.
Despite what many California workers might hope, filing -- and winning -- an employment lawsuit doesn't happen overnight. Those who feel they've been treated unfairly and unlawfully by an employer can't simply call a lawyer and walk away with a small fortune by the time their next paycheck is due. Filing a discrimination or wrongful termination lawsuit can be a long and complicated process, and until an outcome is reached, plaintiffs may suffer some professional and financial hardship, depending on their situation. Some cases can take years to resolve, even with the most qualified attorney.
Too often a successful, well-known, and profitable business can give managers and executives the impression that they can get away with anything. In these cases, employees from entry-level to very experienced can find themselves in a difficult position. When the actions of a boss impedes on others' personal dignity, but reporting such conduct means a likely firing, where can a worker turn to?