Former Employee Sues School District for Wrongful Termination

A former technology director for the Fallbrook Union Elementary School district in California has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit, according to U-T San Diego. Elaine Allyn was terminated on May 7 for erasing emails from the district’s email service—the district claimed she “hacked” into its server.

Allyn has maintained that she was instructed by the superintendent and assistant superintendent of businesses services to deleted the email database, as well as change the email settings to delete old emails after one week, it was previously set to save for three years. According to the lawsuit, Allyn informed the superintendent that this was in violation of state and federal laws requiring the district to retain records, but she was instructed to deleted them anyhow.

The district has countered by claiming Allyn hacked into the sever to “snoop” and deleted the emails in “an attempt to evade detection of her deceitful activities.”

“I have never hacked,” said Allyn. “They have trumped up these charges, what has been my job for 18 years now and [the district] make it seem like I am untrustworthy and hacking is appalling to me when I have tried to do my job with utmost integrity and trustworthiness.”

How would Allyn deleting emails “cover her tracks,” so to speak? What other motive would she possibly have to delete them? If you feel you have been unjustly fired from your job, do not hesitate to contact an attorney.

Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment law attorneys.


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