When California workers are fired, oftentimes their stories will differ from what their employers say happened. This is especially true when the employees are whistleblowers and uncover things that their companies may want to keep hidden. It is this disconnect that prompts employees to file wrongful termination lawsuits to set their stories straight.
Millions of people use the Internet to communicate with their friends and family each day. One of the most popular social networking sites for people in California and across the country is Facebook. Even though the First Amendment grants people freedom of speech, it does not prevent employers from checking in on what their workers are writing. A police officer from another state claims that a post that he wrote led to his wrongful termination.
When a person is fired for an illegitimate reason in California, this may end up destroying the person's reputation and future career opportunities. One woman in another state claims that she was wrongfully terminated by a home care company. The woman, previously a nurse, has therefore filed a wrongful termination claim against her former employer.
A treatment center for methadone is being sued by a former employee. The man claims that he was the victim of wrongful termination in regards to voicing concerns in regards to how the company was processing Medicaid billing. Most California residents know that wrongful termination is an illegal form of retaliatory discharge. According to the former employee's lawsuit, he believed the billing was for services that were either not properly performed, not completed at all or were not qualified based on federal government requirements to be billed to Medicaid.
It is not always an easy choice for workers to speak up about situations that could be considered unethical. When California employees blow the whistle on their co-workers or superiors, they should not be subjected to retaliation. A woman who worked for the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District alleges that she was the victim of adverse employment actions, which ultimately led to her early retirement.
There are many positive aspects to the increased use of technology and its capabilities. Unfortunately, this can also lead to privacy issues that can transcend into the California workplace. Many companies are requiring workers to use their smartphones as part of their jobs to help facilitate administrative duties, such as keeping track of hours worked. However, when employees find that their privacy has been compromised, and they do not agree to using the technology, the company may handle the situation by firing the workers, which can lead to wrongful termination claims.
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.
The people working at the executive level are responsible for making big decisions. Their choices directly impact both their companies and consumers and should not be made lightly. When an employee notices suspected illegal conduct, he or she may choose to speak out against the inappropriate action. The former vice president of Blue Shield of California claims he was the victim of a wrongful termination because he was blowing the whistle on the decision to use an overpriced vendor.
A small Catholic high school football coach says that he was shocked at the reaction he received after reporting hazing problems that endangered his students. The California man claims that after he reported the incidents, he suffered a wrongful termination at the hands of his principal. According to the coach, he discovered that there was hazing going on right before Christmas in 2012 and decided to report it to prevent future harm.
All employees are fully entitled to a workplace that does not discriminate against them of the color of their skin. This applies to all companies, large or small. California employees who believe that they have been subject to a wrongful termination may choose to fight back against the company for any illegal practice.