Losing a job is difficult for anyone who relies on their income to support themselves and their household. When a person feels that they were wrongfully terminated from their position, the situation can be even more difficult and could possibly lead to legal action being taken. Employee rights being violated are often reasons why former workers feel they were unjustly let go, and if a company is found guilty of such violations, workers could find themselves entitled to compensation.
A former Florida police officer is entering litigation with the West Melbourne City Hall after being terminated from his position. The former officer claims that he was let go after it was made known that he had made a donation to a political campaign during the election for mayor. The individual he was backing did not win the election, and the man believes that the current mayor influenced the police department to have his position eliminated.
The West Melbourne Police Department claims that the former officer was let go due to budget and restructuring reasons. Staff members of the city council did not provide further comment on the situation. The former officer is currently looking to receive $75,000 in compensation for lost wages, damage to his career and other causes.
The officer feels that his employee rights were violated as he believes he should have been protected from backlash due to political affiliation. While the litigation is pending, the former employee could benefit from gaining knowledge on Florida laws dealing with wrongful termination and other relevant employment information. If he is able to present a strong, legally sound case, the chances of success for his situation could increase.
Source: floridatoday.com, Ex-police staffer will sue City Hall, Stacey Barchenger, Nov. 8, 2013