In the midst of a recession, it can be difficult for an employee to find work if he or she has been terminated. When workers lose their jobs, they don’t want to lose it for something that they didn’t do, especially when additional work may be very hard to find. It is possible for a Texas employer to find an illegal way to terminate an employee by accusing them of something that violates company policy. This is in violation of the law and may prompt an employee to file a claim for a wrongful discharge.
A man who worked for Navigators Group Inc. and Navigators Management Company Inc. felt that he lost his job under false pretenses. In his complaint, he claims that he was employed as an underwriter for the companies from 1983 until 1991. In 2000, he returned to the company to work once again until he was fired in 2013.
He was told that the reason for his termination was because he had made derogatory racial statements while he was at work. The plaintiff claims that he had never made those kinds of remarks. He further alleges that he was never told that kind of behavior could prompt him to lose his job.
Due to the plaintiff’s age, he stated the he is going to have a difficult time trying to find employment again. Because of the false accusations against him and his wrongful discharge, the man is suing both companies. He is hoping that, if his claim is successful, he will receive associated costs, damages and his lost income. Texas employees who feel that they have been unjustly fired can elect to file a claim against their employer in the hopes of receiving lost wages and potentially be returned to their former position.
Source: The Southeast Texas Record, “Former employee sues Navigators Group after termination for alleged racial remark“, Matt Russell, June 2, 2014