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Deputy fire chief’s wrongful termination case reaches settlement

Getting fired from a job is no one’s idea of an ideal situation. That ordeal can be even worse if a fired worker believes that the termination was against the law. Wrongful termination can happen in any industry, and any worker who believes that his or her dismissal was unjust may want to determine whether violations of the law contributed to the termination.

Florida readers may be interested in a wrongful termination lawsuit that recently came to a settlement in another state. According to reports, in 2018, a deputy fire chief had filed a complaint regarding the then fire chief, alleging misconduct and questioning the chief’s fitness for duty. After filing the complaint, the fire district began an investigation into the deputy fire chief, which ultimately ended in the board of directors voting for his termination.

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In 2020, the man filed a lawsuit against the fire district claiming wrongful discharge, retaliation, breach of contract and more. Rather than going to trial, the case came to a settlement a few months later. Recently, the settlement was finalized, and the man reportedly stated that he would receive approximately $60,000 in compensation. It was also noted that he had already obtained employment at another fire department.

Though this man’s case was able to come to a relatively quick settlement in his favor, wrongful termination cases can be tricky to handle. If Florida workers believe that they have been illegally dismissed from their jobs, it may be worthwhile for them to explore their available legal options. Successful cases could result in various positive outcomes, such as the reinstatement of previous employment or monetary compensation.

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