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Florida workers may wish to combat wrongful termination

While on the job, some Florida workers may be faced with making difficult decisions. The decisions could be difficult because a supervisor or other employment superior could ask a worker to follow through with an action that the employee may not feel is right. Workers may worry that they could potentially be retaliated against if they do not follow orders, but they may also want to do the right thing. If workers do believe they are fired unjustly, they may want to consider legal action for wrongful termination.

Two police officers in another state believed that they were wrongfully fired from their positions after they would not overlook alleged criminal activity of a city official. The initial case was ruled in favor of the city. However, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a lower court and reinstated the wrongful termination claim.

The lower ruled in favor of the employer of the two police officers. The report stated that the case could move forward due to the workers' assertion that their constitutional rights had been violated. The city that employed the men had hoped to have the suit dismissed. It was not noted what damages or compensation the officers are seeking.

Wrongful termination can negatively affect a worker's situation, particularly due to the fact that his or her income is taken away. If the worker believes that the termination took place without proper cause, that individual may wish to file a civil complaint seeking monetary damages and/or other relief against the former employer. As this case shows, Florida workers may be able to have successful outcomes should they choose to pursue legal action.

Source:, "Supreme Court reinstates wrongful termination lawsuit", Nov. 12, 2014

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