On May 5, a woman in California filed a lawsuit against her former employer after she says that she was fired for refusing to be tracked by a smartphone app while she was off duty. According to the plaintiff, she was fired shortly after she had objected to being monitored by the app around the clock. She is seeking $500,000 in damages for unfair business practices, invasion of privacy, retaliation and wrongful termination.
Intermex is being sued by a former California employee who accuses the electronic money transfer company of firing her for refusing to use a phone app that invaded her privacy. She is seeking $500,000 in damages.
The U.S. Magistrate in San Diego Federal Court called the jury award of $186 million to a woman who accused AutoZone Inc of wrongful termination record breaking in the annals of U.S. employment discrimination cases. The jury reached its verdict after deliberating for under two days after an eight-day trial. Damages awarded to the 43-year-old woman were $870,000 plus $185 million to punish her employer.
People in California may be interested in the ongoing litigation between a former "Price is Right" model and the show. The woman, who worked on the show as a model from 2002 until 2009, claims she was fired in 2009 upon informing the show she was pregnant with twins. She had previously been awarded a jury verdict of $8.5 million in the case, but a district court judge set aside the award. Upon taking her case upon appeal, the appellate court ruled that she will have a second trial.
Two brokers in California were awarded $7.6 million on Dec. 5 by a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration panel. Unless they are able to appeal the ruling, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. must pay the award for damages to settle complaints of wrongful termination and other transgressions.
An employee in California may wonder about the state's at-will rules, especially if faced with the possibility of being released from a job. At-will employment is defined as an employment relationship that does not have a specified duration. An employer in this scenario may terminate that relationship at any time whether or not there is cause. However, there are exceptions to consider.
The president and CEO of a nonprofit center of services for homeless and low-income men, women and children in California was sued for wrongful termination by his administrative assistant on Feb. 25 in San Bernardino County Superior Court. The former employee sought compensatory damages, attorney fees, cost of suit, exemplary punitive damages according to proof and any other reparations the court may determine to be appropriate for her circumstance in a trial-setting conference on Tuesday, Aug. 19.
A retired naval officer and former worker for Systems Application and Technologies Inc., a military contractor, is suing the company for retaliation. In the California filing, the man claims that his supervisor fired him when he refused to work off the clock for a weekend.
When a woman is fired because she is pregnant, it is against the law, not only in California, but throughout the nation. However, is it becoming harder for the allegation of pregnancy discrimination to stand up as a reason for a wrongful termination lawsuit? It may be.
A recent case in California had a favorable result for four former servers who alleged that they were terminated due to their age. Often, employers use job performance issues as their defense in age discrimination suits. In this case, the servers claimed that they faced wrongful termination when new employers took over the restaurant, and that their vacated positions were filled by servers in their 20s.