Workers in Massachusetts and all across the country have a right to speak up about concerns in the workplace without fear of retaliation. Unfortunately, employers can and do retaliate against employees for speaking up, often resulting in termination of the whistle-blowing employee. Recently, a man in another state filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against a former employer that resulted in a significant settlement.
According to the lawsuit, the former employee worked as a fire fighter and blew the whistle on one of his superiors. Allegedly, the plaintiff witnessed the fire chief driving a fire district vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. After bringing this to the attention of others, the plaintiff alleges that he was subjected to harassment by the fire chief and was eventually terminated.
The defendant claimed that the plaintiff was fired for disorderly conduct. Claims by the defendant stated that the alleged actions of the plaintiff negatively affected morale. The two sides reached an agreement in which neither party admits guilt or liability, but each resolves to end the dispute.The lawsuit resulted in a settlement of $26,000 awarded to the plaintiff.
Fortunately, laws exist that protect workers in the state of Massachusetts from retaliation by employers. Loss of employment can have far-reaching impacts, especially when employment is lost as a result of unfair treatment such as retaliation. Any individual who was unfairly terminated from his or her job would greatly benefit by seeking the services of an experienced attorney. A successful wrongful termination lawsuit could result in compensation to offset loss of income.
Source: magicvalley.com, “Fire district and firefighter settle wrongful termination lawsuit“, Mychel Matthews, Jan. 19, 2017