As anyone who has experienced wrongful termination knows, it is a terrible blow to one's psyche, not to mention career. It does not matter what your profession is; if you have been the victim of wrongful termination, it is hard to know what to do next. However, one New Jersey school employee did not take her experience lightly. She took legal action and recovered her position as well as the wages she was owed.
The woman's case began when she was working as a custodian for a local school. During her employment, she began to notice that a male superintendent seemed to be inappropriately using the locker room that was meant for boys. When she brought her concerns to light, she was let go by the school board. This occurred in 2012.
Feeling she was being inappropriately punished for blowing the whistle on a situation that the school did not want to bring to the public's attention, she filed a wrongful termination suit against her former employer. Now, the lawsuit has been settled and the victim has been given back her former job, as well as the wages she would have earned. She has also received acknowledgment of her emotional distress, although the school board would not officially admit to any wrongdoing.
As the settlement of this New Jersey wrongful termination lawsuit shows, there is no reason to be a victim. Professionals at all levels of their careers have the right to fight back if they have been wrongfully fired. Whistleblowers should never have to choose between their employment and what they feel is the right thing to do.
Source: New Jersey Herald, "High Point settles wrongful termination lawsuit", Eric Obernauer, April 28, 2014