I was an employee for the Florida Department of Corrections. I have recently been terminated ..

I was an employee for the Florida Department of Corrections. I have recently been terminated on the accusation of a crime not pertaining to work. At this time I am just being accused of this crime, I have not been convicted and the nature of the crime needs to be proven in court. It is not a crime that I knowingly committed. At this time (two weeks after the accusation) I still do not have a court date set for this case, but the department has already terminated me as if I were convicted. There is still a possibility that the charges against me may be dropped. Do you think this constitutes a wrongful termination? If so what steps can I take to peruse compensation and/or reinstatement of my position?

1 answer  |  asked Jun 30, 2015 06:26 AM [EST]  |  applies to Florida

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Arthur Schofield
Unfortunately, you can be terminated for suspected wrong doing even if those charges end up dismissed in criminal court. Sometimes there are grievance or review processes available to employees, but those come generally through union contracts or because employers have put those policies and procedures in place. Not sure if the DOC has such policies, but you may want to inquire. Best of luck.

posted by Arthur Schofield  |  Jun 30, 2015 06:45 AM [EST]

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