A fired police sergeant in Maine who filed a wrongful termination lawsuit is now taking his case to federal court, according to the Portland Press Herald. In August of 2012, Jeffrey C. Bearce claimed he was subject to discrimination by the city of Waterville, Maine, where he worked on the police force for 23 years.
Bearce was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009 and was on medical leave until the end of 2010 when his doctor cleared him to return to work. The city decided to have Bearce evaluated by its own doctors before reinstating him to the police force; and this is when his cancer resurfaced.. The city terminated Bearce when learning the results, even after Bearce requested to stay on until he could qualify for Medicaid.
“The city refused to participate in mediation or make any effort to resolve the matter,” says Stephen Langsdorf, the attorney representing Bearce. “We would like to try and resolve it, and we’re basically being stonewalled.”
Langsdorf claims that the city’s failure to reinstate Bearce to his position initially cost him a significant loss in not only pay but also his benefits.
Tip of the day: Consult with an attorney before agreeing to any examination or evaluation from doctors your employer sends you to.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles wrongful termination attorney