A former police officer has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the city of Burbank, according to the Burbank Leader. Pete Allen filed the claim in December in Los Angeles County Superior Court—a U.S. District Court Judge dismissed his federal claim filed in January of 2012. Allen is hoping to have more success this time around.
Allen claimed some of the suspects in the robbery had bruises and facial injuries during processing they did not have at the time they were apprehended. He also reported hearing loud noises and “banging” coming from a room where the handcuffed suspects were being held.
Allen claims the city terminated him in 2007 after he provided information to the FBI about misconduct within his department relating to a robbery at Porto’s Bakery. The city submitted a motion asking the case to be tossed out because Allen had not exhausted the administrative appeals process.
“The federal judge’s ruling in no way has any bearing on the integrity of Pete Allen’s claims,” says attorney Brian Claypool. “It was a procedural ruling…the law is very inexact. It can depend on the judge you have, how that judge interprets the cases that are out there.”
It may be a complicated process, but whistleblower protection laws are pretty clear—a person cannot be terminated for reporting illegal activity. Please contact our firm for a free consultation if you have been in a similar situation at work.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles whistleblower protection attorneys