There are employment laws in place to ensure that workers in all industries are protected from wrongdoing. Just before a trial was set to begin between the city of Boca Raton and a former employee, both sides agreed to a settlement.
According to the Boca Raton assistant city manager, an 11th hour settlement was reached. He said, "The city's excess insurance carrier is the one who stepped in and was the primary agent in arranging this settlement."
The wrongful termination complaint was centered around a former employee who worked as a utilities program coordinator for 23 years. She filed the lawsuit against the city after being dismissed from her position in 2008, claiming she was fired as a result of expressing concern over water safety, such as the fact that reclaimed water could be making its way to customers as drinking water.
At this time, the terms of the settlement between the two parties has not been made public. Along with this, it is not a sure thing yet, as the City Council still has to issue an approval.
In this case, a woman feels that she was wrongfully terminated for speaking up regarding the safety of water in the city of Boca Raton. While she thought she was doing the right thing, it appears that others did not agree.
While a settlement was reached in this wrongful termination lawsuit before if made its way to the court room, this is not always the way things work out. Fortunately, there are employment laws in place that protect workers, both while they are on the job and if they have been terminated for the wrong reason.
Source: Sun Sentinel, "Former Boca employee settles wrongful termination case" Anne Geggis, May. 20, 2014