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Ex-Snapchat employee sues for wrongful termination

Wrongful termination lawsuits usually begin with an unhappy employee who has complained about improper treatment by a superior or co-workers and has been fired for complaining. Employees who call attention to other kinds of misconduct by their employers - usually labeled whistleblowers - are also the source of wrongful termination lawsuits, as demonstrated by a recent case filed in Los Angeles.

The plaintiff had been working for Facebook as a director of sales growth when he was lured away by Facebook rival Snapchat. The employee was fired after only three weeks on the job at Snapchat, and he has alleged that he was fired for complaining about the company's practice of falsely inflating its sales records. According to the complaint, Snapchat is planning a public offering of its stock, and it has been using false sales data to drive up the price of the stock. The complaint also alleges that Snapchat hired the employee because it expected him to disclose proprietary information belonging to Facebook.

In addition to claiming wrongful termination, the employee is alleging that Snapchat is attempting to ruin his reputation and prevent him from finding other employment. In addition to seeking damages, the complaint seeks an injunction to stop such efforts. Snapchat has denied all claims and says that the suit is without merit.

Lawsuits of this nature often involve complex issues concerning ownership and disclosure of confidential information. Anyone in a similar situation may wish to consult with a knowledgeable employment law attorney. An experienced attorney can provide a helpful evaluation of the facts and legal principles that govern the case and also an estimate of the likelihood of obtaining a favorable outcome.

Source: Variety, "Snapchat Has Been Faking Growth Numbers, Ex-Employee Alleges," Gene Maddaus, Jan. 4, 2017

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