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Was San Diego State coach a victim of wrongful termination?

There are numerous reasons a California employer can rightfully terminate any employee that is working for them. However, along with numerous legal reasons for terminations there are also numerous illegal reasons that an employer can have for terminating an employee. If an employee can prove that they were fired for one of these illegal reasons, their former employer may owe them compensation or other types of recovery for that wrongful termination.

A woman that used to coach women's basketball at San Diego State University has filed a lawsuit against her former employer claiming wrongful discharge. According to the former coach, her employment was terminated shortly after she demanded that women's athletics at the school be given the same footing as men's.

The former coach's lawsuit claims breach of contract. She states that she retired in April because she was told she would otherwise be forced out. The University claims it was not a retaliatory discharge but that the woman struck a subordinate and that is why she was asked to vacate her position. The coach's response to that claim was that she never intentionally struck anyone and that it was simply an excuse to retaliate against her.

Individuals that have lost their jobs likely feel wronged in many situations. However, just because an employee feels their employer's decision to fire them was wrong doesn't mean it was actually a violation of employment law. Therefore, if an employee feels their employment has been wrongfully terminated it is important to seek guidance about their situation in order to determine if their rights were violated and if they have a cause of action.

This should trigger an investigation to gather all of the necessary information and facts to determine whether they believe the individual has a cause of action against their former employer. If they do, the employee should understand the necessary steps they must take to maximize their recovery and compensation.

Source: 760 KMFB, "Former San Diego State coach sues for wrongful termination," Matt Johnson, Feb. 20, 2014

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