Its common knowledge to most workers that they are protected by law from harassment and discrimination in the workplace. These same laws also protect workers from retaliation by their employers. Employees can experience retaliation in a number of ways, such as a demotion, reduction in pay or even termination. Workers in Massachusetts and all across the country should be able to speak up about concerns in the workplace without fear of retaliatory acts by their superiors. A woman in another state was allegedly fired after she made complaints about policies not being followed in her workplace, and she has filed a lawsuit alleging wrongful termination.
The plaintiff claims that she was fired for allegedly speaking up about a policy not being followed. She claims her gender and disability were additional reasons for her termination. The plaintiff also alleges that she experienced verbal assault and harassment, which caused her emotional distress.
According to the suit, the plaintiff was harassed and singled out for an alleged missed assignment. The suit claims the defendant's policy on missed assignments did not include termination. Allegedly, during her 13 years with the company, the plaintiff claimed that she could not recall a single employee losing a job over a missed assignment. She alleges she was singled out because she had expressed concern over abusive treatment. She seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
When a job is lost as a result of retaliation by an employer, the experience can be devastating. Any Massachusetts resident who feels that he or she was unfairly terminated from employment may benefit by seeking the services of an experienced attorney. Damages awarded from a successful wrongful termination lawsuit could provide financial relief to help victims get back on their feet.
Source: wvrecord.com, "Woman sues Genesis Healthcare for wrongful termination", Kyla Asbury, July 28, 2017