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Employment law: Former worker files wrongful termination suit

When Florida employees notice wrongdoing in the workplace, they may have a fear of speaking up due to the potential retaliation they could face. Filing a complaint with a company may not always go as well as hoped, and if a worker is terminated from their position due to filing a complaint, they may feel that superiors did not follow employment law standards. In such a situation, legal action could be suited for the circumstances.

A former worker in a nearby state has entered into litigation with Smithfield Packing Co. because she feels she was wrongfully terminated from her position. According to reports, the woman had filed complaints about health violations being committed within the company. She claimed that tainted meat was being packaged for distribution and felt that employees and consumers were being put at risk.

The former worker claims that she was suspended from her position and eventually terminated due to her complaints. She and her representation do not believe that there was a legitimate reason behind her termination. There was no comment from the representation for Smithfield Packing Co. regarding the pending litigation.

In cases where employment standards may be violated, such as firing an employee without just cause, a former worker may be unsure as to how to proceed. Luckily, there are local resources that could provide information on the legal options that may be available to a concerned party, depending on their circumstances. If workers in Florida feel that they were wrongfully terminated from their position, information on employment law may be able to help them better assess their situation.

Source:, Former Smithfield Packing Co. worker claims wrongful termination in lawsuit, Michael Futch, Feb. 14, 2014

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