Punitive damages for wrongful termination. Colucci vs. T. Mobile.

A former employee of T. Mobile, Stephen Colucci, was awarded $5 million in a lawsuit based on employment discrimination and wrongful termination. The award included $4 million in punitive damages and $200,000 for future emotional distress. The appellate court reduced the punitive damage award to 1.5 times the compensat...

What Damages are Allowed in a Wrongful Termination Case?

Employers need to follow the federal and California rules on hiring, firing, and other parts of the employment process. They generally can’t discriminate based on your race, your gender, or your country of origin. They generally can’t fire you because you have a disability, because you’re too old, or because you ...

Practical Issues in Employment Termination Cases – Such as How You Prove You Were Fired for Your Race or Pregnancy 

You need your job to feed yourself and your family. Employers should never have the right to fire you because of your race, gender, national origin, disability, you’re getting too old, or for other reasons as this is considered Wrongful Termination against an employee. When employers violate federal or state discrimi...

Employers Shouldn’t Be Able to Use Severance Agreements to Bypass Employee Rights to Whistleblower Awards

Employers Shouldn’t Be Able to Use Severance Agreements to Bypass Employee Rights to Whistleblower Awards and the Right to File Whistleblower Retaliation Claims Employees who file whistleblower claims need to be extra-careful about signing a severance agreement with their employer. As a general rule, employees who d...

The Causes of Action Against Defendants in Wrongful Employment Discharge Cases

In the case of the employee who was terminated by Mattel, Inc. after nearly 50 years of service, there are numerous legal causes of actions that our employment lawyers asserted. These causes of actions are often asserted in similar wrongful employment termination cases. They are listed to show what laws and remedies a...

Why Firing an Employee for Off-Duty Conduct May be Illegal

The San Diego Tribune reported in May 2018, that a local jury awarded a former employee nearly $18 million for wrongful termination. The jury found that the employer, Allstate, wrongfully fired the employee, Mr. Michael Tilkey, when it learned he was arrested for threatening his girlfriend – even though all the charg...