Being wrongfully fired can cause harm to a person's reputation, in addition to causing financial harm to the person. One man living outside of West Virginia claimed he was fired unjustly after being accused of engaging in discrimination and harassment. The man recently settled a civil suit against his employer for $60,000.
The man worked for a state governor, when he was reportedly terminated without explanation. The man said he was additionally denied the chance to respond to allegedly unfounded claims of racist behavior, as well as sexual misconduct involving a female worker. As part of the lawsuit, the state declared that there was no evidence that he behaved in a discriminatory manner or harassed an employee.
The man who filed the suit initially sought more than a million dollars. This included $250,000 related to emotional distress and $500,000 related to the damaging of his reputation, as he had had a distinguished and long career in government. However, he said that the suit was settled to both parties' satisfaction. Their agreement made it clear that his employer did not admit to any wrongdoing.
When people in West Virginia are fired unjustly, they have the right to seek to hold their employers accountable. An understanding of what has to be proved in these types of cases may help lead to successful outcomes for these individuals. A case that is victoriously fought might lead to remedies such as the reinstatement of a job or monetary relief for the damages incurred, depending on the circumstances surrounding the wrongful termination case.
Source: havasunews.com, "Former Arizona official settles wrongful-termination claim", Nov. 9, 2015