If you’ve been working at your job for any amount of time, you probably think that you’re safe from termination as long as you do what you’re meant to be doing. However, wrongful termination lawsuits come about in the most interesting ways, like in this case where James O’Keefe has been sued again for defamation and wrongful termination. According to the news from Feb. 13, the former executive director of the filmmaker’s project, Project Veritas, claims that O’Keefe’s project breached its contract by not paying him for the last week of his employment and that O’Keefe defamed him after he left the company.
Previously, the filmmaker and his associate Hanah Giles were sued and had to pay $100,000 to an ACORN worker from California. At that time, it was alleged that he was filmed without his knowledge. That’s not the only bad press O’Keefe has had in the past few years, though; in 2012, he faced a criminal harassment complaint from an associate on Project Veritas, and the documents associated with the claims related to a sexual harassment settlement between a former Project Veritas executive director and O’Keefe.
Prior to that, in 2010, O’Keefe and three of the project’s employees pleaded guilty to entering a federal property under false pretenses and for entering the area dressed up as telephone repair workers. In that case, they were allegedly trying to hack into the office of Senator Mary Landrieu; in the case, the felony was dropped to misdemeanor charges and each member of the team was able to serve only three years of probation with a $1,500 fine and community service hours.
The latest claim against O’Keefe, wrongful termination, has yet to have been fully specified, but it claims that the contract was interfered with and that the former executive director should have been paid and was not. Presently, O’Keefe’s attorneys have not responded, according to the news.
Source: The Raw Story, “Prankster James O’Keefe sued again, this time for ‘wrongful termination’, ‘defamation’” Tom Boggioni, Feb. 13, 2014