A judge ruled in favor of Touchstone Television Production in a wrongful termination lawsuit on August 16, according to the Chicago Tribune. Actress Nicollette Sheridan of Touchstone’s Desperate Housewives had filed the suit against Marc Cherry, the show’s producer, on April 5, 2010 for $20 million. Sheridan alleged that Cherry assaulted her on the set, striking her with his hand. When Sheridan reported the assault to ABC, the network found her claims to be without merit. Sheridan’s character was written off the show shortly after the alleged incident.
In May of 2011, a judge allowed the wrongful termination suit to go to trial but dismissed Sheridan’s additional claims of harassment and dismissed an additional battery charge against Cherry.
“The Court of Appeal correctly found that Ms. Sheridan was not terminated,” said Adam Levin, Touchstone’s attorney on the case. “Instead, her employment ended because Touchstone elected not to renew her contract after her character, Edie Britt, died on the show. Her last remaining claim for wrongful termination is gone, and while she may seek to add an OSHA claim, we believe we will prevail on that claim as well.”
Levin is referring to a section of the California Labor Code which prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who complain about hazardous working conditions, effectively a whistleblower protection law.
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