You were fired from your job, and you're sure it was not for legal reasons. They always commented on unusual parts of your life and when you were asked, you didn't hold back. They seemed interested in your sexuality the most, which should have been off-limits. It's your belief that you were terminated when your boss found out that you were gay.
A Los Angeles resident who reads the news regularly will frequently hear stories about how businesses of all sizes got caught violating either a state or federal law. Oftentimes, it is an employee, aptly named a whistleblower, who reports the violations to the proper authorities and thus gets the ball rolling on an investigation.
A whistleblower who used to work for the California Department of Industrial Relations recently received a $250,000 whistleblower settlement after being fired under suspicious circumstances.
A wrongful termination is nothing short of shocking to those who go through it. The truth is that many who face wrongful terminations know that something isn't right. They may also feel discriminated against or have a nagging feeling that someone is "out to get them." And, what's worse, is that they may be right.
A wrongful termination can be damaging in several ways. It can cause financial stress, hurt feelings and harm to the reputation of an individual. A wrongful termination might occur because of discrimination or for other illegal reasons.
A former employee, a vice president, says National Beverage Corp., the maker of LaCroix sparkling water, fired him after he suggested that his employer was planning to misrepresent how it manufactured its aluminum cans.
To follow up on our previous recent post about the ongoing problem with pregnancy discrimination, a woman who worked for Amazon in one of its California fulfillment centers has sued the company. She alleges pregnancy discrimination and wrongful termination.
In an interesting report out of California, it's been noted that the California Department of Industrial Relations in Oakland's former head has been accused of gross misconduct including falsifying documents, referring to employees by racial background, age-related characteristic or ethnicity. In some cases, she's accused of attempting to find out who certain whistle blowers were in order to retaliate against them. The report didn't name the director or department, but the former director has been facing news coverage as a result of the investigation.
As of January 2019, only 28 states had anti-SLAPP laws. The state of California maintains one of those statutes. SLAPP is an acronym that stands for "Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation." A SLAPP lawsuit is one in which the chief complaint involves the Defendant exercising his or her rights of free speech. California's anti-SLAPP statute allows a special motion to be filed by a Defendant asking that a Judge strike a complaint. It was first enacted in 1992.