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Foundation trustee sued for wrongful termination

Workers in California are accorded various protections under the law. These laws are designed to protect people from wrongful dismissal, among other issues. However, there are instances when an employer violates these laws and moves forward with what is an unlawful reason for termination. These acts fall into a variety of categories and often overlap. California residents who believe that they have been victimized by an act of wrongful termination need to understand how to receive compensation in a legal filing.

A lawsuit was filed by a former driver for a trustee of a philanthropic foundation in California. According to the driver, he lost his job after suffering a stroke and also endured various abuses. The driver names the trustee, his wife and the foundation in the lawsuit. It states that he was subjected to wrongful termination, was retaliated against, was discriminated against due to a disability and there were wage violations. The driver says that he began driving the trustee in October of 2013, taking him to personal and professional appointments. The trustee is alleged to have become abusive as time passed including verbal and physical attacks.

The driver had a stroke in mid-January, but was able to return to work after a few days off. An advisor to the trustee told the driver to take a week off and come back to work. When he reported for duty, he was told by the trustee's wife and son that he was terminated. He was not given a reason. Eventually, the son went to the driver's home and gave him his final check, but it was not in an amount that the driver believed he was owed. He refused to accept it saying that he is owed as much as $40,000 in overtime and unpaid wages.

Employees who are dealing with employers who are difficult, abusive and even violent might not know where to turn to be compensated for the treatment they are confronted with. In this case, a driver for a trustee of a foundation asserts that he was not only treated in an abusive manner, but was also discriminated against after he suffered a stroke. Unfortunately, incidents such as this happen quite frequently and people are denied their rights because they are not aware that they can file a claim to be compensated. If there is a belief that employment law has been violated, getting the right information can be important.

Source:, "Was driver fired for telling boss he had a stroke?," Hillary Jackson, June 2, 2016

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