Wrongful termination cases can be complicated and tough to prove, as there are often many complex aspects. Keep in mind, many wrongful termination claims involve instances of discrimination, retaliation and/or harassment prior to a worker being fired.
In California, if you run into these issues, you should contact an attorney. Remember, if you believe that your firing was based on your race, sex, religion, age or a disability, your employer may have broken the law. Additionally, if you are fired because you acted as a whistleblower, you may have a legal claim.
If your employer has terminated or retaliated against you, an employment attorney can explain your legal rights and advise you on what to do next.
Newport Beach Police Department Settles Wrongful Termination Cases
According to the Orange County Register, the Newport Beach Police Department has settled two wrongful termination cases filed again the city for $500,000.
The newspaper reported that Christine Hougan, a former police dispatcher, and John Hougan, a former police sergeant, filed lawsuits against the city claiming that Christine was intimidated by the police chief and fired in retaliation for her husband testifying against the department in a different wrongful termination trial a few years earlier.
Officials with the city claimed that she was fired for “violating employee policy after she used profanity in messages sent from her work email and made disparaging comments about the police chief.”
John was reportedly fired shortly after being demoted from sergeant to patrol officer, and was the subject of two internal affairs investigations following his testimony at the trial. The city explained his firing by saying that he was “warned twice about watching pornography for up to an hour each day at work.”
Do I Need to Speak to a California Labor Attorney About My Termination?
As this case shows, wrongful termination cases are often multi-faceted. This is why it is important to seek expert legal counsel. Keep in mind, we use our knowledge to represent former employees in cases of wrongful termination.
The easiest thing you can do if you believe that you were wrongfully fired is speak to an attorney, explaining your situation. Remember, having documents available to support your claims is important in any employment disagreement.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys