A California woman has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the city of Carlsbad, claiming that she was fired from her position as a probationary firefighter simply because she is a woman, according to CBS News. Brittany McMahon, 29, was attempting to gain employment with the Carlsbad Fire Department in 2010, passing all of her exams and physical tests administered to prospective firefighters.
“I stand today even more solidified in the fact that I was wrongfully terminated than even a year ago,” says McMahon. “I think the word I always come to is appalling. It’s appalling to me in this day and age, especially with a city like Carlsbad, I shouldn’t have to be sitting here doing this.”
A North County judge ruled that McMahon can move forward with her case. She is seeking $2 million in damages.
“It’s been an emotional, mental , physical roller coaster but a good one,” McMahon said. “I think it’s heading in the right direction.”
The City of Carlsbad will have to provide a jury with a just cause for terminating McMahon. Please contact our firm for a free consultation if you have been terminated without just cause.
Tip of the day: Consult with an attorney as soon as possible if you have been terminated on a discriminatory basis.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles wrongful termination attorneys