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California woman fired for using work email in relief efforts

A California woman has been fired from her job at Fox News for attempting to help the family members of those that were aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. Was her termination wrongful, or was it fair for her employer to discharge her? This determination can be made only by a court of law after hearing the facts of the case.

According to reports, the woman was a veteran of Fox and served as an executive of the company. After the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 she decided that she wanted to try to help arrange quick financial recovery for the families of those that are currently missing.

The woman began her efforts by using her work email to contact an American woman who has been on numerous television shows speaking about her boyfriend, who was on the flight. The woman claims that her approach will help these individuals to avoid lengthy court battles in which they will attempt to recover damages.

According to a spokesperson for Fox, when the company found out the woman had been using her work email to contact these individuals they took action. They claimed that her actions were a violation of the company's conduct and communications policy.

The woman's husband said the idea came to the couple after he was hospitalized and, while under the influence of medication, hallucinated that he was with the passengers from the plane. These hallucinations made the couple feel like they were called to provide assistance.

The woman's husband claims that she will sue Fox for wrongful termination. In order to win a lawsuit for wrongful discharge, the former employee must prove that the employment was terminated for illegal reasons. Some reasons that may qualify as illegal include retaliation or discrimination. Many employees often feel that they have been wronged when they lose their jobs. However, not every one of these employees will win a wrongful termination lawsuit against their former employers.

Source: San Jose Mercury News, "Fox Executive fired over Flight 370 charity email," Frazier Moore, April 19, 2014

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