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Wrongful termination ruling upheld upon appeal

An appeals court has ruled in a case involving a New Jersey adult merchandise company and a former employee. In August, the court ruled in favor of the former employee, upholding her award of $650,000 after she sued her former employer for wrongful termination.

The woman testified employers ignored her complaints about a coworker's sexual harassment and threats of violence. When she filed a formal complaint, she was disciplined and later fired, she says. In reaction to being wrongfully terminated, the woman filed suit in 2006.

After the court ruled in favor of the woman, the company administrators filed an appeal stating they believe they did not receive a fair trial. They went on to state the jury was allowed to hear sexually-explicit photos and conversations about illicit and lewd actions undertaken during company parties and business meetings. However, an appellate judge upheld the ruling for $650,000, citing the woman's lawsuit was in relation to wrongful termination and did not address a hostile work environment.

Employment litigation often involves cases of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and sometimes violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Individuals involved in such litigation are usually best served to enlist the aid of qualified legal counsel. Counsel experienced in the area of employment law will be dedicated and diligent in the pursuit of justice.

Source: NJ, "Appeals court upholds $650,000 award to woman who was fired from Hightstown sex toy distributor," Lisa Coryell, Aug. 16, 2011

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