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SFPD whistleblower to get $100K settlement

The filing of a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California by a former San Francisco Police Department officer has resulted in a $100,000 settlement offer from the city. A woman, who had worked for the department for 22 years, asserted in her legal claim that she was forced to retire because she feared dismissal after blowing the whistle on an embezzling colleague.

Court orders payment to terminated whistleblower

Workers in California and throughout the country are protected from retaliation by their employers if they become whistleblowers. Protecting them can be important to employee safety, as unsafe workplaces kill more than 4,000 workers each year. In New York, a man had raised issues with his company regarding its disposal of asbestos. He took pictures of the asbestos at the work site after it was closed and took a bag from the site containing the hazardous material. His employers then fired him. Several weeks later, the company also filed a lawsuit against him for defamation.

Man wins wrongful termination case

Some companies in California might struggle to prove that they are in the right when terminating an employee for harassment. Universal Music Publishing Group fired a division head after a report that the head had hit a female employee in the face with rolled-up paper. Even though there was a witness to the incident, the fired employee sued and won. The success of his case primarily hinged on the fact that the company did not mention its workplace violence policy in his contract.

Revised whistleblower complaint form is online

California workers who are contemplating blowing the whistle on the misdeeds of their employers may be interested to learn of a revised reporting form from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It allows whistleblowers to report their complaints with the correct federal agency. This aids in ensuring that immediate action will be taken in response to the complaints.

Employers allowed to engage in legal discrimination

California employers can legally discriminate against their employees for any reason except those covered under federal and state anti-discrimination laws. People could be fired for being too attractive without their employer facing legal liability. The same goes for a variety of other discriminatory reasons, including weight and political affiliation.

Wrongful termination can happen in California

The typical California worker spends forty hours or more at work each week. Many of these individuals come to work even when they are not feeling well and should probably stay home; however, there is a job to be done, and the conscientious employee wants to make sure it is done. Yet, there are instances when time off to take care of a medical condition is necessary. Laws are in place and medical leave is available in most instances to protect the individual in such cases. If a company does not follow these laws and an employee is fired for taking his or her rightful medical leave, an individual may have a case for wrongful termination.

Employers are susceptible to wrongful termination claims

After losing a job, it is only natural for someone to start replaying moments in the past at their former workplace. "Were my employers negligent in the way they handled my employment?," you may think. "Is it possible that they even wrongfully terminated me?"

Wrongful Termination: How We Make them Pay!

enforcement of judgment.pngI'm pleased to report that I just obtained a significant judgment for one of my clients against her former employers in a sexual harassment and wrongful termination case. However, the former employer is refusing to pay the judgment, without any reason, leaving me no choice but to aggressively enforce the judgment by bringing the awesome power of the court system down upon this recalcitrant debtor! This I do with great alacrity for my clients to make sure they get paid their damages!

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