Terminated due to affair

I was a contract worker at an agency. My boss was the director. My boss and I had an affair. When HIS supervisor found out, I was terminated from my position due to "unprofessional behavior". My boss was not terminated. He was demoted and moved to a different location. My question is, do I have a case for wrongful termination? Is it fair to terminate one party to the affair and keep the other when both were involved in the same behavior? And was it our employer's business in the first place?

1 answer  |  asked Feb 9, 2004 10:09 PM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

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Ann Lugbill
Terminated due to affair

An employee cannot be discriminated against on the basis of his or her gender. Thus, more favorable treatment of similarly-situated males, as occurred here, is generally a violation of federal and state law.

If you worked for a private (not governmental) employer, your privacy rights are very limited because there simply are no laws that give you legal rights in this area, except some protections for health records, substance abuse treatment records, Social Security numbers, and the like. Public employers generally are subject to more laws that thus provide employees with protections, including in some instances First Amendment rights (which includes privacy rights), as well as statutory rights.

You should contact the federal EEOC and/or your state civil rights agency [in Ohio it's the Ohio Civil Rights Commission} as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.

Ann Lugbill

posted by Ann Lugbill  |  Feb 10, 2004 10:28 AM [EST]

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