For any job in Los Angeles, a person who believes that he or she is doing the right thing and exposing wrongdoing should not feel fear that there will be repercussions for that. Unfortunately, there are times when a person will report something that is amiss or illegal and will be confronted with the loss of employment or other retaliatory acts. What many of these individuals might not be aware of is that they are protected from wrongful termination by laws that are meant to function as a shield for whistleblowers to encourage them to come forward when they are revealing wrongdoing.
A person who worked as an accountant for the city of Inglewood claims that the mayor and other officials fired her because she revealed various irregularities in finance and accounting as the city attempted to lure a team from the National Football League back to Los Angeles. In her legal filing, she says that she was dismissed because she revealed that grant money and general fund money were pooled together. She says that she was informed that she should ignore what she saw because of the money that was expected to come in with the NFL franchise returning to the city.
According to the mayor, the case has no merit and called the woman a probationary worker who was released from employment before her probation ended. The woman was fired in June of 2015. She was hired in August of 2014 to work on the budget and be an accounting manager in the finance department. She says that because she refused to take part in the alleged behaviors, she was let go. Not long after the 2015-2016 NFL season ended, the speculation of a team returning to Los Angeles came to fruition as it was announced that the St. Louis Rams would return to their former home in Los Angeles and again become the Los Angeles Rams.
The allegations in this case are serious because of the numerous aspects related to it with elected officials and a powerful entity like the NFL involved. Considering the woman's claim that she was confronted with retaliation and was dismissed for an unlawful reason, she may be well within her rights to file a case to seek to be compensated for what she says occurred. For those who are in a similar situation, no matter what kind of job they have, high or low-profile, speaking to an attorney about filing a case may be a wise step.
Source: dailybreeze.com, "Fired CPA files 'whistle-blower' suit claiming Inglewood juggled books during pursuit of NFL team," Larry Altman, May 23, 2016