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Florida maintenance worker claims employment contract breach

Most everyone knows that certain rules must be followed after being hired to a job. The rules may vary from position to position but a valued employee does his or her best to follow the right path. An employment contract may be implemented when a person is hired to ensure regulations are followed. Such a contract does not only help ensure employees understand what is expected of them but also so employees know what is expected of their employers. Should an employer breach a contract, legal action could ensue.

A maintenance worker who was formerly employed by a Florida school is filing a claim against the school board for wrongful termination. The former employee believes that his right to free speech was violated when he was fired for handing out materials relating to a school board election. He claims that he was not campaigning on school property, which is against the district policy, as he was not trying to recruit votes for a particular candidate. He also claims that the termination breaches his employment contract.

The school board is alleging that the former employee also took a vehicle owned by the school district for his own personal use, a claim the man cites as false. The man believes that the issue has nothing to do with policy and is simply a personal issue possibly because the worker had been critical of the school's superintendent. Representatives for the school district did not wish to comment on the issue.

Situations of retaliation for personal issues with employees are unfortunately more common than they should be. When an employee feels that they have been wrongfully terminated or that their employment contract has been violated, they may be at a loss of how to proceed. Having information on Florida employment laws could be beneficial for anyone who believes that they may have been treated unfairly by employers or former employers.

Source: The Tampa Tribune, "Hillsborough school board sued over termination," Jerome R. Stockfisch, July 18, 2013

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