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California man wins discrimination lawsuit

It is important that employees working in California understand that their employers must take the appropriate action to ensure equality in the workplace. If an employer does not do this it can make the workplace uncomfortable for some employees and it may even expose the employer to legal liability under stated and federal employment laws.

A California man who filed a wrongful discharge case three years ago after he was abruptly fired from his job has just won a $1.3 million lawsuit against the company.

The 55-year-old man worked as an engineer for a sonar equipment maker in California. The company was a subsidiary of a Danish corporation. According to reports, there was a very discriminatory environment for numerous individuals working for the company, which gave its Danish employees preferential treatment. The plaintiff in this case is Ecuadorian.

The Ecuadorian man was fired abruptly in 2011 after 20 years of employment with the company. He filed his lawsuit shortly thereafter. The aforementioned discriminatory and preferential treatment not only ultimately led to the man's dismissal but it also caused him to be underpaid, mismanaged by executives and managers and denied promotions based on nationality rather than performance.

After a three year lawsuit, the jury awarded the man $1.3 million in damages. These damages cover lost earnings due to his wrongful termination and emotional distress and long-lasting depression caused by a hostile and uncomfortable workplace in which he was mistreated.

When an employer discriminates against an employee based on qualities such as race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation it is illegal, under California law. If an employer fires an employee based upon these factors the terminated employee is likely able to file a wrongful termination lawsuit against their former employer.

The outcome for this man is exactly what he was entitled to receive. It is important that all employees who have been wrongfully terminated in California take the necessary legal steps to hold their employers accountable and to obtain any compensation to which they are entitled.

Source: Santa Barbara Independent, "Goleta Engineer Awarded $1.13 Million in Discrimination Case," Tyler Hayden, July 25, 2014

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