The case of a former Wells Fargo Bank employee from California is moving forward after a federal appeals court panel reinstated her wrongful termination claim. The former loan officer at the major bank had filed her case after she was dismissed from her job as a loan officer at the bank while she was on leave after giving birth to her child. She alleged that Wells Fargo engaged in discrimination and retaliation, violated the California Family Rights Act and that her dismissal was directly related to these discriminatory practices.
A former 30-year employee received a multimillion-dollar jury verdict in a recent lawsuit against his old employer. The plaintiff, employed by a major insurance company, was awarded more than $2 million in compensatory damages and an additional $16 million in punitive damages when it was found that the company violated California state law when terminating him.
According to court documents, a Madera man amended his civil complaint against Roadrunner Intermodal Services in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California on March 5. The man, who initially sued Roadrunner for wrongful termination, libel, slander and failure to pay wages, added a claim for whistleblower protection under the California Labor Code.
A Google employee who was terminated in November 2017 filed a lawsuit against the company in a California court. He is seeking lost wages, punitive damages and compensation for emotional distress. He claims that his termination was retaliation for posts defending women of color and similar groups, and he asserts that the termination was discriminatory in nature.
California residents who work in the offices of federal government agencies are now covered by enhanced whistleblower protection provisions. The Office of Special Counsel has issued various memos to federal agencies reminding them about the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, which was signed into law by President Donald Trump after being passed without much debate by Congress. The OSC memos remind supervisors at federal agencies that retaliating against employees who blow the whistle on fraud, waste and abuse situation could bring about serious consequences at the personal level.
In our last post, we talked about a few steps you should take in the immediate aftermath of losing your job. In many cases, losing your job isn't a malicious act by an employer or a product of wrongful termination. However, there are cases where an employer tramples on the rights of an employee and thus turns the firing into an illegal act of wrongful termination.