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Wrongful Termination Archives

At least 61 workers join wrongful termination suit against CSX

Bay Area residents know all too well the stress that can come from being unable to work. When employees find themselves facing a serious medical situation, they often rely on a note from a doctor to explain to their employer that they may be unable to perform their job duties for some time. In most cases, employers have policies in place to protect workers from losing their jobs, so that they may recover from what ails them and return to work. Unfortunately, sometimes employers attempt to circumvent employee rights, and find themselves accused of wrongful termination

Abercrombie & Fitch faces wrongful termination suit

A former high-end salesperson recently claimed that he was mistreated on the job and then wrongfully fired. He has since decided to file a wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employer. According to the man, he was terminated due to being Asian, which is illegal in the Bay Area and across the entire United States.

Wrongful termination in an at-will employment state

California is one of the few states that has what is known as a "covenant of good faith" exception to the at-will employment arrangement that is the law in every state except Montana. At-will employment means that either party can end the relationship at any time with no notice and for any reason. However, employees are still protected from wrongful termination.

Retaliation claims remain the most common EEOC filings

According to data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), California residents alleged fewer claims for workplace violations of their civil rights in 2017 than in previous years. The EEOC is in charge of regulating and enforcing federal laws against workplace harassment and discrimination for most employers. Golden State claims are in line with national numbers which have been trending downward since 2010.

Woman files wrongful termination suit against school district

A woman who used to work as an administrative assistant for a school district in another state recently decided to sue the district and the district's chief operating officer for an unjust firing. The district is also accused of violating the state's statute addressing whistleblowing. The woman's suit is now the district's third one recently. Any individual who is a victim of wrongful termination in the Bay Area has the right to seek justice through the civil court system.

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.

What can employees wear for religious reasons

With the nation’s economy steadily improving, more people are entering the workforce. More importantly, they are looking for higher paying jobs. Unfortunately, scores of applicants may be denied employment because of their religious beliefs. Essentially, their religious practices may be mocked or ridiculed, or their religious dress may be viewed as inappropriate for the workplace even before an applicant may conform to rules.

Gravedigger faces alleged wrongful termination

A gravedigger in another state claimed he was wrongfully terminated for reporting drunken, shoddy at work at multiple cemeteries. He has therefore filed a lawsuit, seeking damages. Anyone who experiences a wrongful termination in the Bay Area has the right to take legal action in an effort to hold his or her employer accountable.

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