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West Virginia paramedics say they were unlawfully fired

Have you ever been fired and weren't given a good reason why? Did your employer try to take avoid paying your severance? Did you report inappropriate behavior to your human resources department and then get fired? Did your race or gender have something to do with your termination? If any of these situations applies to you, it's possible that you were the victim of wrongful termination. A recent example of possible wrongful termination in West Virginia allegedly occurred when two paramedics say their employer fabricated an investigation that led to their termination.

Just over a year ago, the paramedics responded to a call that there was a person unconscious and possibly drunk at a nearby gas station. The paramedics say they followed protocol when they determined whether he needed medical assistance. Because the man consciously responded to questions and refused treatment, they took him home.

That night, however, the Cabell County commissioner said the same man got into a fight at a different gas station. He suspended the two paramedics alleging that they did not follow protocol. They were eventually fired. The two paramedics, however, say that the man never got into another fight. They claimed the commissioner made up the scenario. The former paramedics have sued Cabell County Emergency Services and the county commissioner, among others, for wrongful termination.

Wrongful termination is not always easy to prove because most employment is at will, meaning that an employee can quit any time and an employer can fire an employee any time. However, there are times when an employer violates the law by firing an individual. In those cases, a wrongful termination lawsuit may be appropriate.

Source: The West Virginia Record, "Former paramedics sue Cabell EMS, allege wrongful termination," Kyla Asbury, March 6, 2013

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