If you were a fan of "Desperate Housewives," then you might have noticed that Nichollette Sheridan was no longer on the series after appearing in four seasons of the show. The initial wrongful termination case in California ended in a mistrial, but now it's been allowed to reopen as the judge reversed his own decision this month.
According to a Jan. 30 news release, Sheridan claims that she was unfairly kicked off the show, and now has a $20 million wrongful termination lawsuit filed against Marc Cherry, the creator of the series, and Touchstone/ABC, the studio where it was produced. According to her claims, she was fired after she complained that Cherry had hit her in the head during an argument on the set in Sept. 2008. That case ended in a mistrial in 2012, even though the jurors had deadlocked in a verdict ruling 8-4 in her favor.
A California appellate court ruled that the judge should have issued a direct verdict in the case instead, because it claimed that she wasn't fired outright. She was allegedly fired when her contract was over, simply not renewing her for the fifth season of the show. In Oct. 2013, Sheridan requested a new trial, but it was denied stating that she didn't complain to the state Labor Commission within six months of the alleged altercation on set in 2008. Now, that judge has changed his mind, so Sheridan will again be able to be heard.
If you've been wrongfully terminated from your job, you know how frustrating that can be. The financial implications alone can be devastating. With the help of an attorney, you may be able to seek compensation and find a way to return to your job.
Source: New York Daily News, "Nicollette Sheridan wins approval for retrial for 'Desperate Housewives' wrongful termination suit" Don Kaplan, Jan. 30, 2014