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Posted 1 year ago in Jury Awards Labor and Employment by Sylvia Hsieh  
Fired Police Chief Wins $3.7M for Blowing Whistle on Mayor

The former police chief of Atlantic City, N.J., has won a $3.7 million jury verdict in his lawsuit against the city for firing him because he blew the whistle on mayoral corruption. John Mooney, a veteran on the force who had no previous disciplinary problems, lost his job as chief of police in 2010 amid mass layoffs. But Mooney claimed that the layoffs were just an excuse to get rid of him and that the real reason he was fired was …

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Posted 1 year ago in Jury Awards Labor and Employment by Sylvia Hsieh  
Teacher Fired Over Boyfriend’s Sex Crimes Awarded $3.5M

A New Jersey teacher won a $3.5 million jury award for being wrongly fired because her boyfriend was convicted of sex crimes. Lyndsey Wilcox taught physical education and coached field hockey for the Newark Valley Central School district in 2008. Her boyfriend was Todd Broxmeyer, a private field hockey coach for teenage girls in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In 2009, he was convicted of sex abuse involving the girls he coached. Around the same time, Wilcox was fired …

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Posted 2 years ago in Jury Awards by Josh Crank  
$2.1M to Lab Tech Fired for Complaint Over Unqualified Boss

A New Jersey jury awarded more than $2.1 million to a man who was fired from his position of more than 20 years after complaining that his new supervisor lacked the proper credentials. Ceferino Doculan of Jersey City, a technician in the Bayonne Medical Center’s blood bank, was assigned the new supervisor in 2010. He complained to the hospital, but the supervisor remained in place and Doculan began receiving formal complaints about his job performance soon after. He was disciplined …

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Posted 2 years ago in Jury Awards Labor and Employment by Sylvia Hsieh  
Lawrence Livermore Lab to Pay $2.7M to Laid-Off Workers

Five laid-off workers from the Lawrence Livermore nuclear lab in Livermore, Calif., won a $2.7 million jury award for wrongful termination. The verdict is just the beginning; 125 more laid-off workers are also suing for wrongful firing. The lab, which is operated as a public-private partnership of the University of California and Bechtel Corp. and largely funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, laid off 440 workers in 2008. According to Gary Gwilliam, an attorney for the 130 workers who …

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Posted 2 years ago in Marijuana Your Job & The Law by Aaron Kase  
You Can Still Get Fired for Smoking Pot in Colorado

Employees in Colorado can still be fired for testing positive for marijuana, an appeals court ruled last week. Medical use of marijuana has been legal in Colorado since 2000, and the state legalized the drug outright last year when the electorate voted “yes” on Amendment 64. However, Brandon Coats found out the hard way that employees can still get the boot for a positive drug test. Coats, a quadriplegic who uses medical marijuana to control muscle spasms, was fired from …

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