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California truck drivers claim wrongful termination

Californians that are familiar with trucking companies may also be familiar with the employee strikes that have been relatively common recently. The truckers employed by three large transportation companies in California have recently gone on their fourth Teamster-backed strike. However, this strike may be a bit different than the three that preceded it.

The past three strikes have lasted approximately one to two days before the truckers have returned to work. This time they are threatening not to return until their demands are met. So, the question that many may be asking at this point is what went wrong that caused these employees to make such serious threats?

There are many allegations being raised by the employees and former employees. Some of these allegations include misclassification and violation of labor laws. However, more specifically, some former employees are claiming that they suffered a wrongful termination after they spoke up about unfair treatment.

One man in particular went to his employer earlier this year and complained about actions that he felt violated labor laws. In May, shortly after his complaint, his employment was terminated. This man believes he was fired because he spoke out against illegal practices. If this is the case, his termination could be a form of retaliation, which is illegal therefore possibly making it a wrongful discharge.

According to employment law, a wrongful dismissal is a termination that occurs based upon illegal reasons such as discrimination or retaliation. When an employee is wrongfully terminated they often have a cause of action against their former employer. By filing a lawsuit they may be able to recover lost wages and other types of monetary compensation.

Source:, "Exclusive: California truck drivers go on strike," Ned Resnikoff, July 7, 2014

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