An engineer who says that his patented technology is used in three missile defense systems used by the U.S. Department of Defense told a California news team that he was suing the government, but not for copyright infringement or patent protection. Instead, the man sued for wrongful termination, saying that once his patented technology solved the Raytheon Company's problem with the systems, they no longer had work for him and fired him. He said that his patented solution to the Firefinder, Sentinel and Thermal High Altitude Area Defense Radar systems predated his employment at the company.
A former executive at a California credit union has filed suit, alleging that he was wrongfully terminated for revealing a flaw in the credit union's mortgage payment system. This flaw, he claims, has affected thousands of borrowers.
Victims of domestic violence might have been alarmed to hear that a teacher in California was fired from her job after security concerns arose about her estranged husband. After being wrongfully terminated, the teacher lobbied for legislatures to pass a new law that would make sure that no one else was subjected to the same kind of treatment that she was.
A former bartender in Los Angeles is suing her former employer after she was allegedly fired for being pregnant. She said that her supervisor also rebuked her for not dressing like a California hooker and instead dressing too Midwest conservative. In the lawsuit that the former employee filed against Kings' Head Pub II in Studio City on Oct. 8, she alleged wrongful termination, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and pregnancy discrimination.
A licensed clinical social worker who was formerly employed at a California healthcare facility operated by Kaiser Permanente allegedly received an indirect death threat from one of her patients. She asked her employer to file a restraining order against the patient, but Kaiser failed to do so and eventually fired her. She claims that she was later wrongfully discharged, but a U.S. district judge says that she needs to present the court with more factual evidence.
A former star of the popular reality TV program Storage Wars that's based in L.A. moved forward with his claim that the show was rigged. A judge allowed the lawsuit, in which David Hester alleged both that valuable items were planted in storage containers for the show, and also that he was the victim of wrongful termination. Hester claimed that he was fired after complaining about the purported fixing to the show's producers. He was to have made $25,000 per episode for each of the 26 episodes in the program's fourth season, or $650,000. He was seeking $750,000 in general damages and further money in punitive damages in the suit.
A former American Humane Association film and television unit director of production has sued for wrongful termination. Her complaint alleges that, after 13 years of employment, the AHA fired her for investigating and exposing mistreatment of horses in the television series "Luck" filmed at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. The complaint included the HBO television network and the producer of the series as defendants for allegedly colluding with the AHA in concealing the mistreatment.